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Bertie Blackman has always seemed like a purveyor of that particular brand of homegrown, ‘credible’ indie that’s compulsory for local reviewers to praise lest they break the ‘emperor’s new clothes’ code of Australian music. So The Dash is a revelation. A sparkling, expansive record, it’s full of big hooks set within a richly textured electronic soundscape, flecked throughout with ’80s influences. While some will accuse her of selling out, this album is impeccably produced and the songs are undeniably strong, reaching their apogee on tracks such as Run For Your Life, Kingdom of Alone, Beams and War of One. (PH)

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