CD review by Greg Barnett
With 12 self-penned tracks, this album is a testament to Noel Gardner’s continuing concerns about historical, social, and environmental injustices.
His tasteful fingerpicked guitar and clear tenor vocal are ably supported in various configuration by friends on plucked, bowed, blown and hit instruments, as well as plentiful vocal harmonies.
Full of pleasing melodies, arrangements, riffs and pointed lyrics, it is no surprise that subsequent to this album that Noel garnered several songwriting awards and high placings.
Noel Gardner has performed at eighteen Maleny/Woodford Folk Festivals.
“Havens of dollars, fistfuls of crime. You take from the country, you take what is mine.”
His capacity to sing of both beauty and injustice is a refreshing reminder to keep thinking about what kind of world we want to live in.
This album is a rewarding all-round listening experience for both the message and the music.
13 tracks and 49:49 playing time.
Jewel case with 16-page booklet with lyrics and credits.