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The Bakery Sydney

Review

LozF

14 May 2010

50

It's refreshing to hear a band that unapologetically plays both with an ear to its traditions (in this case reggae/soul/hip-hop), and with its own sense of independence and ear. The Bakery is one such group. The first thing one notices in this piece is the excellent musicianship. These people can play - they've got both the chops and the sensitivity to dynamics that is so often lackin...

It's refreshing to hear a band that unapologetically plays both with an ear to its traditions (in this case reggae/soul/hip-hop), and with its own sense of independence and ear. The Bakery is one such group. The first thing one notices in this piece is the excellent musicianship. These people can play - they've got both the chops and the sensitivity to dynamics that is so often lacking in young bands. Secondly, this is a fine arrangement - sophisticated changes bring to mind the niceties of a Steely Dan arrangement, for instance, but never at the expense of the vocal, which is strong and compelling. Overall, a great track which you want to return to. Five stars.

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WAT Crap

Review

LozF

31 Jan 2009

50

Think Leonard Cohen, think John Lennon. WAT Crap deserves a second, third and fourth listen for its intensity. Simple, raw and focussed minor blues, its octave-divided lyric polarises the listener; if "procrastination" is the author's state of mind, how the hell did he/she ever finish the song? Or is the procrastination of the lyric announcing the great, new existential dilemma o...

Think Leonard Cohen, think John Lennon. WAT Crap deserves a second, third and fourth listen for its intensity. Simple, raw and focussed minor blues, its octave-divided lyric polarises the listener; if "procrastination" is the author's state of mind, how the hell did he/she ever finish the song? Or is the procrastination of the lyric announcing the great, new existential dilemma of gen i - do I buy a new phone now, or wait 'til Moore's Law works in my favour? A great "song of the new" in a traditional coat. Superb!

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