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ItemAudio with Pictures. "Music DVDs" [review](The Adelaide Review, 2003-06) Bramwell, Murray RossThe arrival of the DVD has been rapid in Australia. We are well-known for our speedy take-up of new technology but the saturation of the market by the digital versatile disc has been particularly swift even by our standards. Probably it is due to the fact that DVD players, which cost upwards of seven hundred dollars three years ago, now cost less than a quarter of that now. And Dolby digital sound systems are also far more affordable than component stereo units of, say, twenty years ago. Essentially, for a couple of thousand dollars you can fill your living room with speakers and still have a fat sub-woofer behind the sofa. ItemGetting the Band Back Together. "Cream at the Royal Albert Hall, London" [review](The Adelaide Review, 2005-05-27) Bramwell, Murray RossWhen it was first announced in the English press that the 1960s cult group Cream was reforming for four nights at the Royal Albert Hall there was an outpouring, you might say, of dairy metaphors. Would they be as fresh as they were thirty seven years ago? Would the old enmities between members sour the occasion? Would they blend, or remain somehow colloidal? Would they prove to be long life, or go to powder? ItemGo-Betweens Get Back Their Mojo. "The Go-Betweens". Governor Hindmarsh. [review](Adelaide Review, 2003-07) Bramwell, Murray RossThe Go-Betweens are having a new golden age - not only with strong current material, but a lineup that is nimble, thrifty and as appealing as any around. ... Listen to the encores - The Clock, Spring Rain, Was There Anything I Could Do. They have never sounded better or more crisply intelligent. ... I love Lee Remick, she’s a darling. Forster is in heavy lidded rapture, and a grinning McLennan is briefly back on the bass. Back to the very beginning, Forster observes, as they take a final bow. ItemGoat Leg Soup. "Muse". Thebarton Theatre [Review](The Adelaide Review, 2004-09-28) Bramwell, Murray RossIt is only eight months since we saw UK band Muse at Big Day Out, but now they are back with more fans and a lot more fanfare. Their stocks have risen with the release of their latest album, Absolution, a recent tour with The Cure, and their steady determination to prevail. There have been comparisons - with Radiohead, for instance, and the latter end of Britpop - but increasingly, Muse is taking inspiration from such brazen exhumations of the flamboyant as The Darkness and the We-Will-Rock-You community singalongs of the Queen revival. ItemHistory Repeats After All. "The Finn Brothers". Entertainment Centre [review](The Adelaide Review, 2004-12-10) Bramwell, Murray RossThere is a sense of full circle here. Who said our beginnings never know our Enz? Neil and Tim Finn are touring a new album, ripe with harmony and turbid with memory. On stage at the Ent Centre, the flickering home movie of squinting kids on the front porch in Teasdale Street, Te Awamutu sets an expectation, but it is certainly not nostalgia. The Finns have a lot of history and, in middle age, they are starting to sift through it. ItemJumping Joe Looks Sharp. "Joe Jackson (with Joe Camilleri and Bakelite Radio)". Thebarton Theatre [review](The Adelaide Review, 2003-10) Bramwell, Murray RossFor the Thebarton show, Joe Camilleri and his fellow Bakelite Radio members, guitarist Claude Carranza and bass player Steve Starr, open the proceedings with an excellent set featuring all the Jo Jo moves from Poor Boy Blues to The Chosen One. He gets a warm welcome and deservedly so. His return, with the Falcons, to the Gov late this month will be well worth catching. ItemKelly Rides With New Gang. "Paul Kelly". Her Majesty's Theatre [review](The Adelaide Review, 2004-06) Bramwell, Murray RossI like Paul Kelly to stay the same and tend to get tetchy when he changes things around, especially when he tinkers with his band line-up. I couldn’t see why he had to shoot the Messengers or why he would hire hotshot American guitarist Randy Jacobs. Was the Professor Ratbaggy project just a scratch band, and what about that bluegrass Smoke thing ? And, these days, what is he doing with his nephew Dan and where are Hadley and Haymes, his bass and keyboard henchmen ? Clearly, if it was up to me, Paul Kelly would still be back at the year dot. ItemRemaining in Light. "David Byrne". Norwood Concert Hall [review](The Adelaide Review, 2005-03-04) Bramwell, Murray RossTalking Heads, as their name suggests, were very much a high concept band and, like other Seventies exponents of art pop such as Devo and Kraftwerk, their’s was a studied, highly theatrical persona. So it is not just refreshing, but a complete surprise, to find Talking Head frontman David Byrne so affably direct as he lights up the stage at the Norwood Concert Hall. ItemRunning on Plenty. "Jackson Browne". Festival Theatre [review](The Adelaide Review, 2004-05) Bramwell, Murray RossFourteen guitars - all in a row. The show is billed as solo acoustic but it looks like the set up for the Eagles. Jackson Browne admits it is “obnoxious” for one person to have quite so many instruments but, he confides, he needs all those special tunings.