The Hit List: best of the new releases June 14-20, 2017

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Listen To Love Audible

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Audible continues to expand its Australian content with this free collection tackling the thorny issue of marriage equality. Hosted by Tom Ballard, the six-part series asks Australian thinkers, writers and comedians to consider what love means – and what it means to be loved.

There’s a stand-up routine from Joel Creasey (last seen hosting Eurovision for SBS), ruminations on the ethics of love and marriage from philosopher Damon Young and readings of classic love poetry by radio personality and TV host Osher Gunsberg.

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The Family Law \ SBS

While his family adjusts to the recent divorce, Ben launches a campaign to become middle-school captain. He’s up against the uber-popular Klaus and it seems not even some allegedly paleo fortune cookies can help.

The return of this terrific comedy series – based on Benjamin Law’s memoir – lays bare the awkward horrors of adolescence, from the fresh perspective of an Australian Chinese family. The real comic jewel is Ben’s mother Jenny, who has a knack for being riotously and inadvertently inappropriate.

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The Dark Lake

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This debut from Melbourne writer Sarah Bailey looks set to be this year’s The Dry, a dark and complex Australian crime thriller that is already attracting international attention.

I didn’t find it as immediately engaging as Jane Harper’s book and some of its tropes feel a little by the numbers (no crime novel need ever again begin with a young woman found floating dead in a lake), but was soon won over by the beautifully rendered protagonist and hook-laden mystery. An addictive and thoroughly entertaining read.

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Halsey

New York pop star Halsey made a splash with her 2015 debut Badlands. Her follow-up works hard – perhaps too hard – to make a bigger one.

The production borrows heavily from the sort of radio-friendly pop made by Rihanna, Lorde and the Chainsmokers (with whom she shared a hit last year). But while the production might verge on the generic, there’s a real and unusual power to the stories she’s telling. A la Lana Del Rey, tales of cruel romance and self-destruction abound.

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A FEW LESS MEN DVDs

Thanks to Universal Sony Home Entertainment, we have 10 Blu-rays of A Few Less Men ($26.95RRP) to be won.

Go to theweeklyreview.com.au/competitions and leave a comment identifying the album reviewed in this week’s mag.

Closes midnight Sunday, June 18.

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