15 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the most openly political forces in Aussie hip-hop, The Herd captured the jubilation of the long-suffering left with “The King Is Dead,” their send-off for Prime Minister John Howard. Even better, they made a head-nodding sing-along refrain out of an earnest call for change. Elsewhere, Summerland further crystallizes their trademark trick of grafting pointed commentary to snappy tunes like “Toorali” and the horn-kicked “2020.” And their supergroup setup means we get the accumulated talents of Urthboy, Ozi Batla, and Jane Tyrrell—all accomplished solo artists—in full effect.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the most openly political forces in Aussie hip-hop, The Herd captured the jubilation of the long-suffering left with “The King Is Dead,” their send-off for Prime Minister John Howard. Even better, they made a head-nodding sing-along refrain out of an earnest call for change. Elsewhere, Summerland further crystallizes their trademark trick of grafting pointed commentary to snappy tunes like “Toorali” and the horn-kicked “2020.” And their supergroup setup means we get the accumulated talents of Urthboy, Ozi Batla, and Jane Tyrrell—all accomplished solo artists—in full effect.

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