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CD LITTLE RIVER BAND CUTS LIKE A DIAMOND REVIEW

LITTLE RIVER BAND

CUTS LIKE A DIAMOND

2013

 

 

AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST MUSICAL EXPORT?

 

 

Little River Band is one of Australia’s most successful musical exports to the US: releasing their first album in 1975 and despite line-up changes and a long layoff in the nineties things these days look good. The 2013 vintage has all the hallmarks of their high watermark in the late seventies/early eighties where they set all kinds of records Stateside, whilst touring with contemporaries like the Doobies, Supertramp, The Eagles and America.

 

 

Current vocalist Wayne Nelson has been an almost permanent feature since 1980 (albeit originally on bass) and here he sounds great. We may now have a band with no original members in the line-up but musically they sound true to their roots and to be honest it’s about time we had a new album of original material after 2008’s offering ‘A Little River Band Christmas’.

 

 

It’s hard to say where purists stand on the line-up that has seen both (original vocalist) Glenn Shorrock and Aussie Icon John Farnham in their ranks, to be honest I don’t even know where the rights to the name lies these days with Shorrock leaving it with guitarist Stephen Housden (who left in 2006) after his departure. Any band of a certain age undergoes changes but Little River Band has an impressive 28 former members (and not all of them were drummers…

 

 

With all that said this is an enjoyable album made up of tracks written by the band and a number of songwriters from the Nashville-scene. All get the LRB smooth AOR treatment of course and are brimming with harmonies like you might expect.

 

 

Our favourites here include the single ‘The Lost and the Lonely’ but fans of the band won’t be too disappointed with anything here especially the smooth groove of ‘Way too Good’ and ‘You Dream I’ll Drive’. One of the best though is saved till last – the ballad ‘Love Is’ that back in the day would have had you reaching for the zippo to hold aloft.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD LITTLE RIVER BAND CUTS LIKE A DIAMOND REVIEW 2013