"It won't see his star shoot to any new heights, but it's a solid record"
Taking his cues from other prominent local singer-songwriters of the past decade - think Carus Thompson, Angus Stone and Josh Pyke - Powderfinger guitarist Darren Middleton's second album is a diverse offering.
It won't see his star shoot to any new heights, but it's a solid record amplified by a number of guest appearances from the likes of Missy Higgins and Guy Pearce. Comparisons with Powderfinger's back catalogue are inevitable, but rather than competing with the arsenal of that band's iconic anthems, tracks like Our Road and Hold On indicate where much of Powderfinger's success came from. For that, Splinters is worth a listen or two.