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Well i bought this CD after reading a review which said it was produced by Tim Powles and also the mention of SK in the lyrics of one of the songs(the line is in every review you read and it will appear in this one later!)-so i thought got to have it.
Tim actually plays on just about every song-for example on Hey Sister he gets credit for bass,drums,guitar,percussion,organ and some vocals! Most tracks though he is doing drums and percussion.
I know nothing about Michael Cullen or if he has done anything previously however as a singer has a really distinct very deep voice - sought of reminds me a bit of the Joy division -love will tear us apart vocalist. Possibly even a melodic Nick Cave? I don't know he just has a really distintive deep voice.
There are some great tracks on this album lots of vocal hooks and indy rocken riffs-'do you believe' and then 'tidal wave' kick of the album well in about second to even third gear. We then hit fourth gear for the almost indy punkish 'all used up' which has a rockin riff. 'Hey Sister' drops back a couple of gears almost nick caveish.
'transmission' follows which is a superb track with the excellerator back on-Someting about putting his wedding ring in his pocket whilst riding a rocket and meeting a girl who was a love transmitter. "she said that Finn was good and gave Cave a nod then she told me Kilbey was god,well i laughed at that as you might,then the rush came and i realised she was right"
We ease back a couple of gears for 'spill' and 'chinese hammer' which both work well. However the highlight of the album for me are the two tracks 'Professional Entertainers' and 'one is still my number' which are both really catchy tracks.I'd swear 'Professional Entertainer's' could be put on a Go-Betweens Album 'I'm surrounded everywhere i turn by professional entertainers telling me how much they earn hard boiled campaigners' great stuff i'd be signing this all day but i can't get the next track out of my head.'one is till my number,you now its true,one is still my number honey,i've got the juice,i try to be humble but it isn't any use'. The album then closes with the dark 'closer' where the deep voice is in deep mode.
Overall this is a great album,with superb production by Tim Powles. the album has plenty of tracks which would be really radio friendly-will a track from this ever manage to get on rotation on JJJ? Its not the sought of album you nead to listen to heaps to get into-just a great easy listen with plenty of hooks.