Something wonderful is happening at EMI! They're putting their money into
some great new artists; and Australian singer/songwriter David Bridie
is just one of them.
The opening track, The Koran, The Ghan And A Yarn sets the tone
of this album with a moving song of tantalising and calming quality, sparse
keyboard notes and atmospheric production. Stunningly simple, the song
contains strong melody and a solid gateway into listener involvement.
The second bass-driven song, Dive, pretty well sums up this album
with the lyric "Hold on to your head now, it's waiting for us to
dive right in..."
The Deserters is an album highlight with its superb and well-judged
orchestral backdrop, expressive and soaring vocal and deeply moving sentiments.
It's one of those complete songs which does everything great music is
supposed to do - very, very beautifully.
The pace varies but the quality is sustained throughout this impressive
and intelligent debut. If only all pop was like this! Highly recommended.
:: Tony Porter
Shakenstir - Music Matters http://www.shakenstir.co.uk/alb/david_bridie.htm