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08.20.07 Try Some Music From New Zealand08.01.07 12 Favourite Albums 2000-07
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Try Some Music From New Zealand

Just some recommendations, in no particular order. I haven't bothered to include the great albums by the good old NZ bands - Split Enz, The Muttonbirds, Crowded House, The Clean and so forth. Most of the albums listed are from the past decade. They're all great, it's a shame they don't generally seem to be in Sputnik's database. If you're into Nu-Metal (I'm not) try Blindspott and ditto for Emo and The Bleeders.
1 Liam Finn
I'll Be Lightning

Awesome debut from Neil Finn's son. Self desribed as "Experimental Pop". Has the same Beatles-flavoured feel for harmony as you'd hear on a Crowded House record.
2 Goldenhorse

Very quirky and enjoyable pop-rock, loads of great songs that veer off in unexpected directions.
3 Goldenhorse
Out Of The Moon

Second album, not quite as surprising, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
4 Superette

Great stuff. Alternative. Their only album unfortunately.
5 Pluto
Red Light Syndrome

Not to be confused with the American pun-pop band by the same name. This album is very good.
6 Pluto
Pipeline Under The Ocean

Pluto's second album is also very good. Alternative rock.
7 Goodshirt

Amusing pop-rock, unusual instrumentation, song structures and lyrics - all enjoyably concocted.

3 Brothers making distinctive pop-rock. Some great and memorable songs.
9 Evermore
Real Life

Very good second album.
10 Elemeno P
Love and Disrespect

These guys don't take themselves seriously and they're awesome at it. Punk format, but not hardcore at all, or trying to be. 2 parts sense of humour, one part musicianship.
11 Opshop
You Are Here

More conventional rock, with some great songs.

Alternative rock with an industrial edge. Considered Shihad's best by many.

Shihad take a more varied approach, mixing hard rock with indie-pop and garage elements. My favourite Shihad album.
The General Electric

Great and distinctive rock album. Loads of excellent songs.
15The Mint Chicks
Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!

Alternative rock. Very good stuff, off the beaten path but extremely enjoyable.
16 Salmonella Dub
Inside The Dub Plates

Great dub album from NZ.
17 The Black Seeds
On The Sun

More great dub. Great tunes.
18 Fat Freddy's Drop
Based On A True Story

Soulful dub from NZ's masters. Awesome album.
19 Concord Dawn

Great (and refreshingly nusical for the genre) Drum and Bass album.
20 The Finn Brothers
Everyone Is Here

Great reunion album by Neil and Tim Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz etc), the patron saints of NZ music.
21 Breaks Co-op
The Sound Inside

hard to defin, but really good. Indie/roots/electronica?
22 Greg Johnson
Here Comes The Caviar

Excellent singer-songwriter album.
23 The Feelers

Rock. Some great tunes.
24 The Feelers

This is a very good rock album. The mellower songs are the best though.
25The Datsuns
The Datsuns

Frenetic garage rock. Pretty good too.
26 Brooke Fraser
What To Do With Daylight

Great singer-songwriter, beautiful voice and meaningful lyrics.
27 Brooke Fraser

More of the same, gratefully accepted.
28 Bic Runga

Bic is just an awesome singer-songwriter. Her first album is very good.
29 Bic Runga
Beautiful Collision

Her second album is exceptional. Definitely my favourite of the three. Beautifully crafted songs.
30 Bic Runga

The third album is nice too.
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