A veteran of San Francisco’s vibrant pop scene, Barbara Manning has played in a host of Bay Area groups, including SF Seals and World Of Pooh, and released several stunning solo releases, of which In New Zealand is but the latest. As the title suggests, the new album was recorded in New Zealand and functions as something of a tour of New Zealand garage pop. It includes collaborations with a number of that island’s leading rock/pop talents, The Clean’s David Kilgour and the Verlaines’ Graeme Downes among them. Featuring haunting vocals, spare arrangements, and introspective lyrics, In New Zealand documents a brilliant singer-songwriter at the height of her powers.
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