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I am Andrew Goodwin, Music Journalist and Blogger. This blog will specialise in introducing new or unknown artists with a good, honest independent review you can trust. I will post themed articles, requested reviews and my own albums collection. Feel free to search the blog top right and check my profile on the top left 3 dashes! Find your New Music Ear! Looking for guest bloggers
2023-11-05 14:55
 "ONE TOUCH"2000OVERLOAD - This debut album recored by the original three members as teenagers, was a brilliant first set.  This opening track was smooth, R 'n B/Funk with a throbb… Read More
2023-11-05 14:55
"PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY AND THYME" 1966   SCARBOROUGH FAIR/CANTICLE - One of the duo's many memorable songs and one of my favourites.  A really lovely, melodious at… Read More
ONOFF - 2017 (1 ALBUM)
2023-10-28 14:14
"REBORN" 2017  KEEP THAT FIRE BURNING - The first track is a little New Wave Punk with the power and angst ridden vocals of The Clash.  Awesome Hendrix-like guitar pa… Read More
2023-10-28 14:14
 "JUNGLELAND"2021 JANE GOODALL - The opening track is presumably about the renowned primatalogist and anthropologist noting the "queen of the jungle" reference.  It's a boomin… Read More
2023-10-21 14:18
"ROCKLAND"  2015   OLD DE SPAIN -  The opening track is almost like a pirate shanty, Indie Folk complete with harmonies, chanting and a variety of acoustic… Read More
2023-10-21 14:10
"REGGATTA DE BLANC" 1979   MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - One of the first songs I heard of The Police as an 11 year old lad.  One of those songs that stay in your head.&nbsp… Read More
THE KINKS - 1964 - 1967 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-10-14 14:55
"KINKS"1964BEAUTIFUL DELILAH - The Kinks' debut album opens with this Rock 'N Roll styled uptempo with a hint of funkiness and Country twang.  A great cover of a Chuck Berry track. SO… Read More
2023-10-01 16:16
"MORE OF THE MONKEES"  1967   SHE - The opening track sung by Micky Dolenz is a mix of Progressive, Psychedelic Rock and Beat Pop.  Great opening track, mid… Read More
THE FIREFLYS - 2016 - 2019 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-10-01 15:53
"THE ILLUMINATION OF EVERYTHING" 2016 ILLUMINATION - Rip-roaring opening of frenzied heavy guitars before launching into classic Fireflys territory, the melodious, incredibly… Read More
TEARS FOR FEARS - 1983 - 1984 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-09-29 14:21
"THE HURTING"1983THE HURTING - The duo's debut album opens with a typical 80s New Wave track, sometimes sombre and mysterious with a little Progressive Rock undertones.  Nice arrangeme… Read More
2023-09-27 16:28
"INACTION" 2015   GROUNDED - This album Pop Rock opener reminds me of a raw early version of Bangles, some great guitar work and really eases you into the album with… Read More
MADONNA - 1983 - 2003 (9 ALBUMS)
2023-09-23 14:24
"MADONNA" 1983 LUCKY STAR - The opening track is a Disco Pop song, which became her trademark for this debut album before moving into more Pop areas in her next few albums.  Its mi… Read More
OLIVIA RODRIGO - 2021 - 2023 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-09-16 15:36
 "SOUR"2021 BRUTAL - Olivia Rodrigo's debut album opens with a scorching 90s Brit Pop Punk track, reminding me of Elastica and Sleeper in its female angst ridden vocals. It also ha… Read More
STONEFIELD - 2013 - 2016 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-31 15:23
"STONEFIELD"2013 C'MON - This debut album by the female Australian Rock quartet opens with a sassy bluesy style Progressive Rock sound.  It is a blistering opener with powerful vocals a… Read More
510JAZZ - 2015 - 2020 (3 ALBUMS)
2023-08-29 14:23
"BOSSA510"2015  BOSSA510 - The debut album from John Vargas' all star multi-talented ensemble kicks off with a funky bass and guitar intro which moves into Jazz Funk seamlessly inc… Read More
2023-08-26 14:42
 "STEEL BLOSSOMS"2019 YOU'RE THE REASON I DRINK - Sara Zebley and Hayley Prosser are Steel Blossoms bringing the Country back with their self titled album.  The opening track… Read More
THE SOAPGIRLS - 2015 - 2017 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-26 14:18
"CALLS FOR REBELLION"2015PRETEND FRIEND - The debut album from Camille and Noemie Debray, two French born, South African raised sisters on a Punk mission! This opening track is what Madonna… Read More
RUSH - 1974 -1977 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-26 14:18
 "RUSH"1974FINDING MY WAY - The band's debut album consists of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey (soon to leave the band after this album and replaced on drums by the more familia… Read More
JEFF MCCALL - 2017 - 2020 (3 ALBUMS)
2023-08-26 14:07
"NIGHT LIFE" 2017 NIGHT LIFE -  This opening track reminds me of Heaven 17 with a hint of Kraftwerk's electronic vocal backing on the chorus.  Bright and breezy with… Read More
DURAN DURAN -  1981 -1982 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-26 14:06
"DURAN DURAN"1981GIRLS ON FILM - This debut album by the band opens with this brilliant New Wave track.  Their breakthrough single in the UK chart reaching number 5.  Its cheeky an… Read More
YUNA - 2012 (1 ALBUM)
2023-08-26 14:05
 "YUNA"2012LULLABIES - Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna opens her first international debut album with a laid back ballad.  Yuna's gentle, soothing voice echoes eerily over a slow… Read More
WET LEG - 2022 (1 ALBUM)
2023-08-26 14:03
"WET LEG"2022BEING ALONE - The opening track to this debut album by Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers is a quirky mix of 90s Grunge and Alternative Pop.  Add a little Psychedelia, funk… Read More
RADIO DRIVE -  2012 - 2021(4 ALBUMS)
2023-08-26 14:01
"DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE"2012 ONE TIN MAN - The debut album by Kevin Gullickson's Radio Drive opens with this bright and breezy track.  Its 90s BritPop style are reminiscent of R.E.M.&nbs&helli…Read More
MUD - 1974 (1 ALBUM)
2023-08-26 14:00
 "MUD ROCK"1974ROCKET - The debut album opens with this fourth single from the set that reached number 6 in the UK chart.  An original composition by renowned writers Mick Chapman… Read More
DAGGERPLAY - 2013 - 2018 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-26 13:59
"URBAN CAMPFIRE SONGS"2013 HIGH ROADS & HOLLOWAYS - The debut album by the Finnish rockers kicks off in frenetic style.  A track that seems to be a hybrid of Sex Pistols and The Cla… Read More
NICK HEYWARD - 1983 - 1986 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 15:34
"NORTH OF A MIRACLE"  1983 WHEN IT STARTED TO BEGIN - The opening track is an orchestral based, breezy Pop song, similar to Nick's former band Haircut 100 but more accompli… Read More
QUEEN - 1973 - 1984 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 15:30
"QUEEN"1973KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE - The debut single opens this first album by the band.  It remains the only single not to chart in the UK and was pretty much ignored.   It sounds li… Read More
TORI AMOS - 1992 -1996 (3 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 15:30
"LITTLE EARTHQUAKES" 1992 CRUCIFY - A piano Grunge Rock sound made this song stick in my head for weeks and got me hooked on Tori after "Silent All These Years" peaked my inter… Read More
BLONDIE - 1978 - 1979 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 15:25
 "PARALLEL LINES"1978HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE - That unmistakeable telephone ringing intro kicks off and Debbie Harry sings her first line while the pumping drumbeat and New Wave sounds… Read More
BRYAN ADAMS - 1980 - 1984 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 15:24
"BRYAN ADAMS"1980 HIDIN' FROM LOVE - Bryan Adams' debut album opens with this catchy Pop Rock track that is more Pop than Rock.  Similar to most of the early 80s fare.  Good o… Read More
MARILLION - 1983 - 1984 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 15:24
"SCRIPT FOR A JESTER'S TEAR"  1983  SCRIPT FOR A JESTER'S TEAR - The opening track of a great debut album of six epic tracks.  This Rock experiment filled song… Read More
THE BANGLES - 1984 - 1986 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 15:24
 "ALL OVER THE PLACE"1984HERO TAKES A FALL -  The debut single from this first album only reached number 96 in the UK chart but its a great introduction to the band.  This is… Read More
BILLY IDOL - 1982 - 1983 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 15:23
"BILLY IDOL"1982COME ON, COME ON -  Billy's debut album since the disbanding of Generation X opens up with an anthemic New Wave track with hints of Punk bravado.  A driving rhythm… Read More
FIREBUG - 2018 - 2022 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 15:19
"WANDERING SOUL"  2018 FOLLOWER - The opening track sounds like a ZZ Top/90s Grunge hybrid.  Awesome Blues Rock guitars and drums backing with vocalist Juliette Tworse… Read More
2023-08-25 15:05
 CLEAN CUT KID"FELT"2017VITAMIN C - This debut album by the Liverpool band opens with their first single.  It's an atmospheric, simple funky Progressive Rock track with hints of Cl… Read More
A-HA - 1985 - 2022 (4 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 15:01
 "HUNTING HIGH AND LOW"1985TAKE ON ME - The band's debut album opens with the classic 80s track and unmistakeable Synth Pop intro.  Loved this song instantly on first listen and wa… Read More
PRINCE -  1978 - 2021 (9 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 15:00
"FOR YOU"  1978FOR YOU - The very first track on any Prince album is a little over a minute long and showcases the astounding vocal range of the then teenage artist.  Har… Read More
THE SPASE -  2014 - 2017 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 14:59
   "ON A CLOUD"2014MY MARILYN - The debut album by Widnes band The Spase opens with a great bluesy style Pop track with brilliant passionate and powerful vocals from vocalist/guita… Read More
KRAFTWERK - 1975 -1978 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 14:55
 "AUTOBAHN"1975AUTOBAHN - The debut single from this album that reached number 11 in the UK chart and is also the title track.  At over 22 minutes long this epic song takes more th… Read More
THIN LIZZY - 1976 - 1979 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 14:54
"JAILBREAK" 1976 JAILBREAK - The opening track is a mid tempo rocker with an almost funky drumbeat, screeching guitar solos in the backing track and a scorching insrtumental bre… Read More
2023-08-25 14:53
"HUMAN RACING"1984DANCING GIRLS - The debut album by incredibly talented singer-songwriter Nik Kershaw opens with this fast paced Synth Pop track.  The clever orchestrated synths and wh… Read More
BON JOVI - 1986 - 1992 (2 ALBUMS)
2023-08-25 14:52
"SLIPPERY WHEN WET"  1986 LET IT ROCK - Possibly one of the best openers of a record in my opinion.  A huge church organ opening then an explosion of screeching guita… Read More
ALEXIS - 2018 (1 ALBUM)
2023-08-25 14:50
"THE DEBUT ALBUM" 2018 SWEET ANGEL - Opening like a soft ballad but building into a Bon Jovi style crescendo after the one minute mark.  Great Rock Pop with a little U2-esq… Read More
2023-08-18 13:24
"AS ABOVE, SO BELOW"2016 SISTER - The Aussie foursome of sisters Amy, Hannah, Holly and Sarah open up their second album with a bang.  It's an almost Gothic Progressive Rock track… Read More
ARCADIA - 1985 (1 ALBUM)
2023-08-15 14:43
 "SO RED THE ROSE"1985  ELECTION DAY - This one-off album featuring Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor kicks off with this great track.  I loved this so… Read More
2023-08-12 15:03
"DO YOU WANT THE TRUTH OR SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL?"  2009    STONE COLD SOBER - Great debut single from Paloma, has a slight Country twang but is deep in Blues S… Read More
2023-08-12 15:02
"SHE'S SO UNUSUAL" 1983   MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING - The opening track of Cyndi's debut album was a cover of The Brains'  1980 underground hit.  New Wave Ro… Read More
2023-08-10 15:33
"SONGS FOR GENTLE SOULS"2020RUNAWAY - The debut album by former The Fireflys' members, singer-songwriter and guitarist Lee Wylding and drummer Andie Packer begins with a gem.  This open… Read More
2023-08-10 15:33
"THE ILLUMINATION OF EVERYTHING" 2016 ILLUMINATION - Rip-roaring opening of frenzied heavy guitars before launching into classic Fireflys territory, the melodious, incredibly… Read More
2023-08-03 22:01
"ALISHA RULES THE WORLD" 1996   IRRESISTIBLE U ARE - Album opener, a sweet almost lullaby short song, gorgeous harmonies and sweet vocals with an Eastern feel and childl… Read More
2023-08-02 10:26
 "OH YEAH" 2015 SINCERELY YOURS - I first reviewed this great South Korean Electronic Rock band in 2012 in a minor feature before my blog was solely album reviews.  This… Read More
2023-07-31 15:22
"SOCIETY'S REJECTS"  2017   SOCIETY'S REJECT - Frenetic opening title track, reminiscent of Elastica in their prime.  Great Punk Pop. JONNY ROTTEN - Raw, ener… Read More
2023-07-31 15:21
"TOUCH ME"1986 TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) - Sometimes making a huge switch in careers can be troublesome.  Samantha Fox started as a 16 year old glamour model and became the most… Read More
2023-07-29 14:17
"BOMBS AWAY"2014GERONIMO - The album opener and this is the song that caught my attention to this great Australian Indie sibling band.  The driving, almost marching band drumbeat keeps… Read More
2023-07-29 13:43
"THE SCRIPT"  2008  WE CRY - A smooth, gentle opening track.  A little R n' B/Pop style similar to Justin Timberlake.  Emotive vocals with semi-hip hop vocal… Read More
THE KINKS - 1967 (1 ALBUM)
2023-07-26 13:23
"SOMETHING ELSE"  1967   DAVID WATTS - The opening track on this fifth album by the band is a mix of 60s Pop with what sounds like early Glam Rock snippets.&nbsp… Read More
2023-07-24 14:29
"FAITH"1987 FAITH - Reaching number 2 in the UK chart, this minimal Rockabilly styled track opens this debut album, although it is debatable (or obvious) that Wham! was essentially Geor… Read More
WHAM! - 1984 (1 ALBUM)
2023-07-24 14:28
"MAKE IT BIG"  1984   WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO - The opener to the abum was a 50s/60s inspired uptempo Rock and Roll/Pop crossover that would encourage every l… Read More
XIXA - 2016 (1 ALBUM)
2023-07-22 14:40
 "BLOODLINE"2016  BLOODLINE - The opening track to this debut album by the band from Tucson, Arizona is a taster for the rest of the album.  A merging of many genres but keepi… Read More
2023-07-22 14:39
"3 FACES" 2015 LEAP INTO THE STORM - The opening track of the album is a light, mid tempo Rock song. It very much reminds me of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers with that laid… Read More
2023-07-19 15:19
 "ALIBI"2019 MEDICINE - This third album by the New York based songwriters Andy Suzuki and Kozza Olayunki-Babumba kicks off with a Pop Rock track that has a big vocal and 70s sound… Read More
2023-07-19 15:19
"SONIC TUNESMITH" 2018 FADE AWAY - Opening the album is a Blues Country track with great Slash/Prince like guitars throughout.  Its laid back Bon Jovi style vocals make thi… Read More
2023-07-19 15:16
"SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR"  1985   SHOUT - The epic 6 and a half minutes version of the single that reached Number 1 in many countries globally.  One of th… Read More
NEW MUSIC 2020s - ABBA -
2023-03-02 14:52
ABBA "VOYAGE"2021I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU - The lead track from the band's first album in 40 years has Anni-Frid  Frida) Lyngstad taking lead vocals.  It is unmistakeably Abb… Read More
NEW MUSIC EAR 2020s - A-HA -
2023-03-02 14:30
A-HA"TRUE NORTH"2022I'M IN - The opening track on the band's 11th studio album was also the first single released.  This is an orchestral style, piano led Pop ballad that is full of hop… Read More
2023-03-02 14:04
 MUD "MUD ROCK"1974ROCKET - The debut album opens with this fourth single from the set that reached number 6 in the UK chart.  An original composition by renowned writers Mick… Read More
2023-03-01 16:39
MADONNA "MUSIC"2000MUSIC - Madonna's eighth album for me, is her last really great album in my opinion.  This opening track was released as the second single form the album followi… Read More

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