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Lawrence Arabia is the pseudonym of James Milne, born 1981 in Christchurch, New Zealand. James has already established a rich musical resume as a former member of the Brunettes, The Ruby Suns and one time touring member of Okkervil River. He has also produced for films and theatre and wrote the score for the indie film hit, “Eagle vs Shark”.
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1. Travelling Shoes
2. Lick Your Wounds
3. The Listening Times
4. Bicycle Riding
5. The 03
6. Early Kneecappings
7. The Bisexual
8. Dessau Rag
9. Legends

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BBC Review

Following up an album as infectiously appealing as Chant Darling must have given James Milne a few sleepless nights. The New Zealander’s second record, released in the UK in 2010, had enough hooks to make a colossal squid squirm with envy.

The Sparrow, Milne’s third set as Lawrence Arabia, partly avoids the obvious in favour of a more considered, instrumentally rich approach to songwriting.

Aside from the swooning violins and 50s-style arpeggios of Travelling Shoes, there’s nothing as immediately accessible as Apple Pie Bed. But The Sparrow is still a lovely, lushly arranged album, which finds the artist maturing artfully.

Milne is apparently drawing inspiration from the work of Scott Walker in the late 60s – by then, Walker had moved on from his pop roots towards a more esoteric creative headspace. But, thankfully, there’s no gratuitous weirdness.

Milne still sounds a little like John Lennon in places, and revels in the odd panted falsetto in others. And he can still write things as funny as The Bisexual: “Why don’t you come over / So you can hear me / You’re a snake in the grass / I don’t want you near me.”

This is preceded by the ambitious, sinister shuffle of Early Kneecappings, which marries a nervy, suspenseful wall of strings with atmospheric piano and drums.

The instrumental treats keep unfolding through the woozy brass saunter and tumbledown piano of Dessau Rag; and by the bittersweet coda of Legends, you realise this bird has wings and, boy, does he fly gracefully.

--Daryl Easlea

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By M. Northuis - Published on
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I read several 4 star reviews of this album and listened to some
of it online, found it to be both inventive and classic pop at the
same time. The first song sounds like a collaboration of David Byrne
and a 60's girl group. Other songs show more of a Beatles influence but
do not sound derivative. My favorite song on the album is Early Kneecappings
but I also enjoy the song The 03 and Dessau Rag is an interesting slice of Jazz
that shows he is definitely not a one trick pony.
If you like intelligent, inventive and tuneful "pop" J. Milne (AKA Lawrence
Arabia) may be your guy. Load up your bong and put on your headphones,
this is not background music for a frat party.
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