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Information about music collections available in our libraries and online. Scroll down the page to browse selected new and featured music on CDs and DVDs.
Updated: 18/02/2016 2:55 p.m.

Listening to music. Music CDs and DVDs

Borrowing information

Music CDs

  • Māori and Children’s music CDs are free to borrow for 4 weeks
  • All Popular, Jazz, World and Classical music CDs are free to borrow for 2 weeks. 

Music DVDs

  • These are free to borrow for 2 weeks.

Music Online

Go to Music Online Services page for links to more music websites with streaming and music scores services.

 

Music CD

Picture of Wanted on Voyage CD cover.

Wanted on Voyage

by George Ezra

At 20, George Ezra has seemingly sailed in to his position as one of pop's most talked about new artists. He first came to attention when BBC Introducing in his adopted home of Bristol picked up a handful of tracks posted online. That led to a live session at their legendary Maida Vale studios and an oversubscribed performance on their stage at the last Glastonbury Festival. Following that, a shortlist in the BBC Sound of 2014, and Next Hype from Zane Lowe for the track Budapest has further cemented Ezra as one to watch.
 
Review by Marbecks

Picture of Taylor Swift CD cover.

1989 D.M.X.

by Taylor Swift

1989 is a touchstone; Taylor's songwriting and sonic evolution surprises us more than ever before. Heavily keyboard and beat driven, the pop sensibilities that have always been the hallmark of Taylor's music now move front and centre on 1989.
 
Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a seven-time Grammy winner and the youngest winner in history of the music industry's highest honour, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. She is the #1 digital music artist of all-time and is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone's prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one the of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard's youngest-ever Woman of the Year.
 
Review by Marbecks

Picture of Meghan Trainor CD cover.

Title

by Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor helped make booty big in 2014 with her body-positive smash ‘All About That Bass.’ While the 21-year-old singer rocks more sass and self-empowerment on her full-length major-label debut (which, confusingly, shares a name with the four-song EP she released in September), she's also charmingly old-fashioned. Doo-wop is Trainor's thing, from the girl-group bounce of ‘Dear Future Husband’ to the finger-snapping balladry of ‘Like I'm Gonna Lose You,’ where John Legend plays Marvin to her Tammi. To her credit, Trainor.  whose torch-y, tangy vocals can suggest a scrubbed-up Amy Winehouse, co-wrote every tune. Baby's got her own back.
 
Review by Rolling Stone

Picture of Broods CD cover.

Evergreen

by Broods

The debut album for brother-sister duo Georgia and Caleb Nott displays Georgia's confident yet fragile voice over a mixture of desolate piano refrains and twirling synthesiser superstructures, all underscored by driving grooves.

Evergreen was produced by Joel Little (Lorde) and recorded at Golden Age. The album features the singles 'Bridges' and 'Never Gonna Change', as well as nine new recordings.
2014 has seen Broods perform in the US, Canada, UK and Australia. Their shows have been heralded as ‘dance floor filling joy’, ‘magnetic’ and ‘mesmerising’ .
 
Review by Marbecks

Picture of Joe Cocker CD cover.

The Platinum Collection

by Joe Cocker

Career defining greatest hits set from a true legend, who passed away in December 2014, and one of the most acclaimed and successful vocal interpreters of all time. Featuring the preferred versions of all of Joe's biggest songs, including Unchain My Heart, The Letter, You Can Leave Your Hat On, Hitchcock Railway, Up Where We Belong, With A Little Help From My Friends, Delta Lady and many more. In certain cases the original studio versions have been replaced with live or studio versions, as they are the artist's preferred recorded versions of those songs.
 
Review by Marbecks

Picture of The art of McCartney CD cover.

The Art of McCartney

The songs of Paul McCartney sung by the world’s greatest artists

The Art of McCartney is a celebration of the music of Sir Paul McCartney performed by some of the world's greatest artists with Paul's band including Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Dr. John, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde and many more.
 
The arc of Paul's catalogue has been explored from The Beatles to his early solo work, to Wings and his later solo career.
 
The Art Of McCartney is an audiophile's dream, a triumphant coming together of extraordinary talent.
 
Review by Marbecks

Picture of Annie Lennox CD cover.

Nostalgia

by Annie Lennox

Nostalgia is Annie Lennox' seventh solo album. It is a collection of the iconic singer's impassioned takes on standards primarily from the 1930s and 1940s, many of them popularized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Jo Stafford and Louis Armstrong.
 
Nostalgia is the result of hours Lennox spent perusing vintage recordings and video performances of songs from the Great American Songbook, particularly those rooted in the blues.
 
The music on the album was mostly played by Annie alongside her long-time collaborator and co-producer, Mike Stevens and was recorded in his West London studio. Finding Lennox at her most soulful, Nostalgia brings levels of depth and warmth to songs that primarily originated from the civil-rights era.
 
Review by Marbecks

Picture of Diana Krall CD cover.

Wallflower

by Diana Krall

Five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall's new studio album Wallflower is a collection of songs from the late 60's to present day that inspired Krall in her early years. Produced by 16-time Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster, the album finds Krall breaking new ground with her interpretations of some of the greatest pop songs of all time.
 
On Wallflower, Diana Krall showcases her considerable gifts as a vocalist in a bold and beautiful way. Krall sings a set of songs that include familiar popular classics like The Mamas and the Papas' ‘California Dreaming’ and the Eagles' ‘Desperado,’ favourite vintage songs by Krall's musical heroes Bob Dylan (he inspired the album's title track ‘Wallflower’) and Elton John (‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’). The album also features more recent gems like Crowded House's ‘Don't Dream It's Over’ and a wonderful new composition from Paul McCartney (‘If I Take You Home Tonight’).
 
Diana Krall's unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time. Krall has sold more albums than any other female jazz artist in the last 30 years, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artists of her generation.
 
Review by Marbecks

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