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Stu­dio Al­bums 1986-2016 ★★★★ Float­ing World

Be­ing a con­stant pres­ence in mu­sic for more than 30 years is a feat few have very suc­cess­fully ne­go­ti­ated, but Belfast’s Andy White – now based in Mel­bourne – has per­sisted. Judg­ing by his “what-else-could-I-do?” shrug of the shoul­ders, it would have been too easy for White to just throw any old bunch of tunes to­gether. And as this com­pre­hen­sive 12-disc box set proves, his qual­ity con­trol is rig­or­ous. From his 1986 de­but ( Rave on Andy White) to his forth­com­ing Imag­i­nary

Lovers, White has held fast to his cre­ative, per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal prin­ci­ples, and the wealth of good songs here prove that. The con­nec­tive tis­sue from then to now is an in­tu­itive love of well­cho­sen words (from Bardic to beat­nik) and melodies dom­i­nated by pop, rock, folk and psych. Rave on? Too right, Mr White. andy­

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