Bernard Zuel

Bernard Zuel

Since joining Fairfax in 1992, Bernard has been an editor and written on education, roads and local politics. These days, he specialises in music and is the senior music writer and reviewer.

Deep emotions of Painted From Memory a challenge to performers

Bernard Zuel Creating their new show required Bobby Fox and Michael Falzon to take a more world-weary view.

Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor on sex, madness and ageing

Sinead O'Connor

Bernard Zuel Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, now 47, talks sex, madness and ageing with Bernard Zuel.

CD reviews

Bernard Zuel, John Shand, Craig Mathieson "There's torture and there's killing and there's all my bad reviews" - but no bad reviews here ...

Album reviews: September 19-25

Tijuana Panthers: <i>Wayne Interest</i>.

Bernard Zuel We take new releases from Berdon Kirksaether and the Twang Bar Kings, Robin Gibb, Tijuana Panthers and Luke Escome and the Corporation for a spin.

Album backlash

Free U2 album: delete it when you want, so why the whingeing?

Bono (C) of Irish rock band U2 gestures to the audience after performing at an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stephen Lam  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS ENTERTAINMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

Bernard Zuel It's a strange world when getting something for free is a reason to complain.

Shortlist CD reviews

John Shand, Barney Zwartz, Bernard Zuel Ty Citerman's jazz rock, Seekae's dance experiments and 100 Great Symphonies from the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue.


Leonard Cohen's Popular Problems is a portrait of the artist in his joyful late period

Leonard Cohen

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel The singer-songwriter's new album is elemental and easy and sexy and smart. Like the man himself.

Album reviews: Darren Heinrich Trio, Paul Greene and the Other Colours, Velociraptor and Tijuana Cartel

Bernard Zuel We take new releases from the Darren Heinrich Trio, Paul Greene and the Other Colours, Velociraptor and Tijuana Cartel for a spin.


Standing ovations for Kate Bush's return in London

Kate Bush: Early reviews were good, but none of us expected just how good her voice would be.

Bernard Zuel The rumours were true: she's that good.


U2's fine album Songs of Innocence packs in decades of experience with a sense of optimism

U2 frontman Bono.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel Let's not declare revelation but say that this is a good U2 record, it's as simple as that.

iTunes Fest

Sam Smith shines at London 2014 iTunes Festival but Robert Plant takes risks

Robert Plant

Bernard Zuel A 66-year-old and a 22-year-old walked on to the stage. Only one of them surprised.

iTunes Fest

iTunes Festival: Kasabian, Tony Bennett and Calvin Harris back to back in shuffle mode

Bernard Zuel If there's a slice of a month-long festival to give you an idea how odd the thing can be it would be the first weekend of the iTunes Festival.

Ryan Adams graces world with self-titled album

Ryan Adams

Bernard Zuel The singer is prolific as an artist but Bernard Zuel thinks he has hit the high note with his new self-titled album.

CD reviews: Basement Jaxx, Pinchgut Opera and Richard in Your Mind

Middle-aged: Basement Jaxx's Junto is familiar and immaculately crafted.

Craig Mathieson, Barney Zwartz, Bernard Zuel Basement Jaxx release their first album in five years, Pinchgut Opera capture a lively Giasone and Richard in Your Mind drop psychedelic references.


Fans wait seven hours to see 5 Seconds of Summer rock London iTunes Festival

Long way from home: Australian pop rockers 5 Seconds of Summer, (from left)  Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford, had fans waiting for seven hours at the London iTunes Festival.

Bernard Zuel The latest and youngest Australian band to have a No.1 single and album in the US had fans queuing from more than One Direction.

Shortlist album reviews: Nikki Lane, Livingstone Daisies, Geoffrey O'Connor and How To Dress Well in spotlight

Bernard Zuel We take new releases from Nikki Lane, Livingstone Daisies, Geoffrey O'Connor and How To Dress Well for a spin.

Joe Henry finds the mystery in each song

 Joe Henry: The song is still trump.

Bernard Zuel Joe Henry is a music producer who adds the special touch of being a quality songwriter to his work.

Sharon Jones on cancer, fishing and more soul music

In the swing: Sharon Jones has returned to the stage.

Bernard Zuel Sharon Jones isn't tired of being asked how she is, even if that question is more than regular politeness but also loaded with "oh my God, you had cancer" sub-questions.

Soul diva

Soul diva Sharon Jones is fighting back


Bernard Zuel Cancer survivor Sharon Jones knows a lot about how to get up and get out.