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Por­tu­gal, The Man Warner/At­lantic www.warn­er­mu­sic.com.au

The oddly named group from Port­land in the US state of Ore­gon, Por­tu­gal, The Man had a sur­pris­ing three-year gap be­tween 2013’s Evil Friends and new al­bum Wood­stock. The ti­tle ap­par­ently came about when lead singer John Gour­ley dis­cov­ered his father’s ticket stub from the leg­endary 1969 fes­ti­val. While the mu­sic here is a far cry from that event, Gour­ley wanted to cap­ture the spirit of a by­gone era. Hence, the open­ing track ‘Num­ber One’ sam­ples Richie Haven’s ‘Free­dom’, a song that opened the fes­ti­val 48 years ago. The up­beat mind­set con­tin­ues on the ra­dio-friendly ‘Feel It Still’. Even bet­ter is ‘Live In The Mo­ment’, a song that will have you press­ing the re­peat but­ton, while the more se­date ‘Mr Lonely’ fea­tures a guest ap­pear­ance from hip hop artist Fatlip. An al­bum for the good times.

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