A new recording from the students of Sydney Missionary and Bible College (and named for the college’s street address), Badminton Road offers us a mix of songs and styles over its six tracks.* Among the Nations EP by Badminton Road It bursts open with a driving version of “Crown Him with Many Crowns”, which, while it is not uncommon nowadays for Christian artists to record modernised versions of old hymns, is done especially well. There is an edge to this track that is too often missing in Christian music, and is confidently led by the drums through several quite different phases:...
It was 50 years ago today. In Australia, an album was released by The Beatles with the opening lyric, ‘It was twenty years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play.’ Western culture has never been the same since.
In this way, the album at face value is violently nihilistic and honestly depressing; a product of an uncertain man living in uncertain times. Yet on a deeper level, perhaps ‘DAMN.’ should be seen as the devastating groan of one halfway through the gospel story.
With the release of their fifth studio album The Joshua Tree thirty years ago in March, the band finally exceeded the hype and U2 became a household name.
There’s a curse on the yuppie set, ambition driven, the Thatcherite banker (I imagine) who is charmingly ruthless, the ‘Gucci little piggy’, made ugly by ambition. The alienated and lonely soul of the song goes unrecalled and unnoticed by the cliques that dominate the city.