A mix of tried and true tracks suffused with interesting, quirky gems.
The leitmotif writhing through the album like a colourful serpent is one of memories of youth delivered from a mature standpoint. Like Snow is one such accompaniment that delves into this territory, by casting the refractive lens with lines such as “I loved you well like a boy and bike, I like that you loved me too”. Yet for all the clever lyrical styling there are moments as on Round The Twist that the cliché's are squeamish rather than clever. This is a highlight of the last three tracks until it drops into the sleep inducing “Rain rain go away come again another day”, exemplifying how one wrong turn can ruin the moment.
Final track Tattoo On Her Wrist is precious metal, which shows Tinpan Orange at their most persuasive. This does tend to sum up the album, which is at some turns brilliant, yet around other corners lackadaisical. However, if you like Lisa Mitchell this critique will pass over you like mead through a minstrel's lips.
Veterans lead this weeks releases with new albums from Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Album Of The Week) and Daniel Johns plus Ella Thompson, The Vaccines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.