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CD BABY ANIMALS This is not the End review

BABY ANIMALS

THIS IS NOT THE END

SOCIAL FAMILY RECORDS

2013

 

BABY'S COME BACK...

 

The Baby Animals were big news in the early nineties. In Australia their debut album was the biggest selling Rock debut for a home-grown act at the time. And after another almost as successful album ‘Shaved and Dangerous’ a couple of years later and some prime support slots including Robert Plant and Van Halen all was looking good. But timing and life is a bitch and a collapsed US label on the eve of what would have been their biggest tour and then DeMarchi’s vocal problems eventually led to their demise in 1996. By then DeMarchi was married to Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme. All was relatively quiet until 2008 when a rather workmanlike album of acoustic renditions of their songs came out. Now split with both Bettencourt and the rhythm section of Parise and Celanza, DeMarchi and remaining original member Dave Leslie have come up with an album that is both refreshingly modern and invigorating while managing to not stray too far from what made Baby Animals so essential in the first place.

 

 


Kicking off with single ‘E-Mail’ which captures that classic sound, this is an album shaped by the break-up of DeMarchi’s marriage, and this track more than most looks at a failure to communicate. As a great showcase for DeMarchi’s distinctive vocals the bluesier ‘Bonfires’ is the perfect counterpoint before we’re back to the straight ahead rock of  one of our favourites ‘Under Your Skin’ it’s all very good and it has that distinct Australian Rock vibe running through it like a stick of Rock Candy.

 

 


If you really are looking for that something special though it’s up next: ‘Stitch’ could just be one of the best songs any vintage of Baby Animals has produced. If you want to hear a song wringing wet with emotion this slower tempo number has ‘hit’ written all over it and you imagine that ‘live’ it will bring the house down.

 

 


All in all this is a great return, and there’s plenty here to please from the more sultry ‘Warm Bodies’ to the good old hard rock of ‘Got It Bad’. There may be nothing quite as fired up as tracks like ‘Rush You’ which saw Baby Animals at their most frenetic, and the music is a little lighter overall: but this one stacks up pretty well, better maybe than ‘Shaved and Dangerous’ but not quite as immediate as the debut. It’s certainly looking bright for the road ahead.

 

 

 

Jo Rockpit

 

BABY ANIMALS THIS IS NOT THE END CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013