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Probably the best album by LRB since the 80s
, 11 Sept. 2013
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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