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.

Justin Timberlake review: Squeals outdo 'for-reals' for diehard fans

JT in Sydney: pretty spotless and skated a little too close to anodyne.

Reviewed by Bernard Zuel Justin Timberlake's struggle to define himself continues to play out on stage at his squeaky-clean concerts.

Justin Timberlake review: Looking for some dirt on Mr Timberlake

Squeaky clean: Justin Timberlake is looking for an edge.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel Justin Timberlake delivers polished, pristine shows but seems to long for an elusive hardcore taint.

Hunger Games song

Yellow Flicker Beat review: Lorde finds her inner Katniss

Lorde's new single, Yellow Flicker Beat, is another smart musical move.

Bernard Zuel Of course you know Lorde is perfect for the latest Hunger Games, even before you hear Yellow Flicker Beat, her second contribution to the film series and the lead single from the soundtrack to The...

Peer-to-peer provider

Radiohead's Thom Yorke releases $6 album on BitTorrent

Bernard Zuel The fragmenting of music distribution has been given another kick along by Radiohead's Thom Yorke after he made his music available through a controversial peer-to-peer service.

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Swinging Robbie

Robbie Williams review: Robbie relives the golden age of variety TV

Robbie Williams' charisma makes him a joy to watch.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel It's old-school family entertainment from the singing, dancing entertainer Robbie Williams, but not what I expected, says Bernard Zuel.

Music reviews: Barbra Streisand, Briggs, Mike Nock Octet

Bernard Zuel, Paris Pompor, John Shand Barbra Streisand's latest album is insipid, writes reviewer Bernard Zuel.

The future of music?

Want to see the Foo Fighters? Put on the show yourself

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters.

Bernard Zuel Crowd-funded concerts are the future, according to Dave Grohl.

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'Complete loss of short-term memory'

AC/DC's Malcolm Young reportedly in care for dementia in Sydney

Malcolm Young

Bernard Zuel It may be that dementia is claiming another giant, this time a musical one.

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Shortlist album reviews: September 26-October 2

The Solicitors: <i>Blank Check</i>.

Bernard Zuel We take new releases from Jonah Tolchin, the Java Quartet, the Grateful Dead and the Solicitors for a spin.

Icons reunited

Long lost Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duet released

Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury

Bernard Zuel The voices of Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury together will be heard for the first time this year as Queen trawl through their back catalogue and unreleased studio tapes.

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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.