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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best album by LRB since the 80s, 11 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Cuts Like A Diamond (Audio CD)
There is much derision between LRB fans who claim that the band ended when Birtles, Shorrock & Goble went their separate ways. I have always considered LRB to be 'my band' in a similar way to that of a football supporter who claims his own team. Just like a successful football team LRB's line up has changed over the years. The post Birtles, Shorrock & Goble era has produced 4 albums.
"Where We Started From", "Test of Time", "One Night In Mississippi" and "Re-Arranged" (I won't count the Christmas Album!!). Wayne Nelson and Stephen Housden (both veterans of the 'BSG' era) have carried the LRB flame through legal name battles and countless tours. Although Housden no longer tours with the band he continue to contribute in the studio.
So what of "Cuts Like A Diamond"........... The album opens up with "The Lost And The Lonely" which sets the bar high from the outset. Crisp vocals, minor key verse into a lifting major key chorus, and the trademark key change towards the end of the song. I am happy to say from this listeners point of view the album never dips below the high standards of the lead track. In "Someone" they have recorded what I consider to be the bands "Reminiscing" for the 21st Century. Running at over 6 minutes this song alone has justified the faith and love I have for this band.
In conclusion I will make one final sporting analogy: They may not be the same team they were in the 70s and 80s but I will continue to buy a season ticket to listen to music that makes me proud to be a supporter of the Little River Band.
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Initial post: 29 Mar 2015 00:47:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2015 00:50:21 GMT
GLF says:
" ... have carried the LRB flame through legal name battles and countless tours."

Yes and now the cries of "foul" have moved from the internet to newspapers here in Australia. Shorrock has found new ears to listen to his "poor me" story that someone else owns the name & trade mark of the band he helped put on the map. Glenn claims not to remember being paid for giving up his rights to the name back in the mid 90s when he left the group for the second time.

It doesn't make for pleasant reading at all.

But the reality is that the group that owns the name may not be the very original members, but they do make good music and help to keep the name of the band very much alive particularly in the US where they had most of their success. This new recording is something LRB should be proud of. Its the best thing they have done for many, many years.
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