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This review is from: Christopher (Audio CD)
Those more in the know than I have given New Zealand band The Ruby Suns
fourth album 'Christopher' a pretty cool reception but for my money this
collection of irrepressibly upbeat pop deserves a warm welcome. Frontman
Ryan McPhun knows what goes into making a good tune and reveals his
Californian roots time and again in his deployment of glowing happy hippie
harmonies and blissed-out melodies. The sixties and the eighties get a
right royal mash-up in these sparkling synth-saturated songs which,
arriving in these cold months (although the sun will undoubtedly be shining
down-under), are a fine antidote to long dark nights with rain and hail
battering against the windowpane. It's destined for my Summer 2013 soundtrack.
Mr McPhun has a cracking voice; easy on the ear and sporting a well-modulated
falsetto. Although somewhat uniform in structure and sonic density the ten
numbers in the set exude warmth and good fellow-feeling from every pore.
The upbeat tracks, in particular the tasty disco-friendly opening song
'Desert Of Pop' and 'Starlight', seem destined for the dancefloor but it is
in the more expansive arrangements of compositions like the delightful anthem
'Dramatikk' and epic final track 'Heart Attack' that we find the ensemble's
finest work (the multi-layered vocal parts of the former are especially deft).
Settle down in a big comfy chair with a mug of hot chocolate and drift away.