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A Breath of Fresh Air,
This review is from: Eternal Nightcap (Audio CD)
Music, so they say, transcends all borders. Sadly however, the crossover from Australian mainstream to the rest of the world has been hobbled by stereotypes about style that focus on Kylie Minogue, AC/DC and INXS. It is to everyone else’s detriment then that this gem of an album from Newtown’s favourite sons goes by largely unnoticed.
Built around the foundations of quirky, but accessible lyrics, Tim Freedman’s engaging voice and subtle piano playing is a refreshing alternative to bland teenage angst or the baffling blandness of MOR artists who should have retired long ago. This is song writing that focuses on the craft without forgetting that the audience needs to be entertained. Insightful and often painfully realised ballads sit comfortably with idiosyncratic popness.
The album ebbs and flows through a delightful sway of emotion with the brilliance of No Aphrodisiac, Melbourne and Charlie No. 3, the superb take on Dylan’s Tangled Up in Blue and the eccentric You Sound Like Louis Burdett. Only the last track Band on Every Corner lets the side down, but by then you’re hooked enough to forgive them this indulgence.