Back when Wukailong and I started this blog, my first ever music post was about New Zealand’s Bic Runga. Over the last few years, she’s been raising her son Joseph and taking a break from the music business. But children get older and she felt it was time to record again. Thus was born her most recent album Belle, released last November. Rather than explain the background of the album, I’ll let Bic do it for me before she sings and acoustic version of Everything Is Beautiful And New.
Before the album was released, the song Hello Hello debuted on local radio and was given away as a free download for a time. It was also her first music video.
Here’s an interview she did on Mike Hosking’s Breakfast Show.
Because motherhood takes up a lot of her time, this is the first time Bic has worked with other songwriters. She also let Kody Nielson produce the album, something she had always done herself in the past.
A live performance of This Girl’s Prepared For War…
So, how is the CD as compared to her previous efforts? Personally, I could listen to Bic sing the phone book, I like her voice that much. My favorite track is Everything Is Beautiful And New followed closely by This Girl’s Prepared For War and Belle. Overall, it’s not up to Beautiful Collision (my personal favorite) but compares well with Drive and Birds. But dont take my word for it, pick it up from Amazon or whoever your preferred music vendor is. You can buy it from iTunes for $17.99 or go to and pick it up from the other vendors she has listed.