For no clear reason, this album was very unfamiliar when I started playing it a couple of days back.
I’m glad I rediscovered it. There is nothing shockingly new here. Chuck and the lads pump another batch of power pop numbers.
As usual, it’s suitably warm, mid-tempo and guitar-based. The lyrics are clever, with some fun music fan references to Badfinger, James Reyne, and most thrillingly for yours truly, Morphine on Coming after you again. There is also a nice companion piece to The Fauves‘ Hot Nairobi Nights in The Diplomat’s Daughter.
As is so often the case with 90s Aussie bands in my collection, this CD seems to reflect a lost opportunity for recognition and success. These guys had a pop sensibility only tempered by their maturity and lack of danger:
File under: Unforgivably Forgotten Output