Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford
Anwen Crawford is The Monthly’s music critic.

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Bunkered down: ‘The Translators’


With a confusing plot and a reliance on clichés, the French thriller fails to excite

Listening to Roberta Flack


‘First Take’, released 50 years ago, still echoes through the present

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Audio tapestry


A tangle of red tape is robbing us of music podcasts in Australia

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Milk it: ‘First Cow’


Kelly Reichardt’s restrained frontier film considers the uneasy problems of money and resources

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The heat of a moment: Ziggy Ramo’s ‘Black Thoughts’


A debut hip-hop album that calls for a reckoning with Indigenous sovereignty and invites the listener to respond

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Moral bankruptcy


Robodebt stemmed from the false ideological division between the deserving and undeserving poor, but the government still clings to moralistic language

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Snap-back: Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’


The British singer’s serendipitous album delivers shining pop with a reigning attitude of fortitude

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A bellyful: ‘The Trip to Greece’


Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon continue to charm in their final food odyssey

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Teen sensation


In the midst of a pandemic, people are reverting to the music they loved – and found solace in – as teenagers