505. The Mabels – “The Closest People”

I listened to this album walking to and from work over the past couple of days, and was all prepared to dismiss much of the album as lacking energy.

a Album cover Mabels The Closest People Anthony Atkinson Candle debut blog onealbumaday CD reviewYet, listening again this early morn at the desk in my study, the album seems much more vibrant and perky, and much less grating than the intermittent traffic noises in our streets.

There is quite a lot to like on this long player. Atko has penned two neat tracks that adopt cricketing parlance with aplomb: A Sporting Declaration and Girlfriend in Disguise.

In a more equitable parallel universe Brett Lee would record a hugely successful Bollywood version of the former, and 200 million rabid Indian music fans would chase up the original. In an even freakier alternaverse The Mabels would then become the multimedia megastars on the sub-continent and field a team of paunchy, bearded, cardigan-wearing music geeks that takes out the IPL crown!

Returning to reality, this album has two well-constructed psalms to suburban and intercity separation (Fitzroy-Abbotsford (I think), Fitzroy-Brisbane respectively), and more wheat than chaff.  The back half of the album is a little slower and morbid than I’d like.

File under: Working from home

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