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GREG NUNAN - KITES FOR HURRICANES - ALBUM REVIEW

Red Denim Records | Release Date: October 20th 2015

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Australia does Blues so well. I’m not exactly sure why we manage to produce so much talent in this sundrenched country but we just do and Greg Nunan is another name you need to lend your ear to.


Listening to ‘Kites For Hurricanes’ you get what you really want from the genre – a forward-looking artist who appreciates what has come before. It’s a little left-field, a little funky, a little alternative, but full of emotion and great feel.


‘Diesel 86’ has that twang and a great compelling vocal that makes you want to listen on, and as you do you get more enmeshed the deeper you delve. Of course there’s nothing here you haven’t heard before, but it’s the way it’s told that matters here with the lyrics standing out like a hammer-bashed thumb.


Deconstructed and reconstructed ‘Big Ben’ hits like Jack White might and when you couple that with tracks like ‘Tequila’ (our very favourite tipple) you find not just a player but a real talent amidst swampy guitar, it works beautifully against the funkier honey-sweet tracks like ‘Grateful’ which have an almost Ben Harper-like edge.


In truth this is a great album to just lay back and listen, and let it wash all over you. It’s got a lot to love and a nice texture that smooths the grain.


Delving deeper, tracks like ‘Our World’ convey a great message  of hope and work by gentle erosion, and whilst songs like ‘Heaven on My Mind’ may lack a little ‘edge’ there’s enough even in these lighter moments to engage you. The funky-folky ‘Jaqueline Sweetie’ gets it just right, a little Harper, a little John Butler and some great guitar to carry you over that edge.

 

The other side of the coin is the sizzle of tracks like 'Fire' and the rocking funk of 'Turn Me On' which up the attitude and really seal the deal. Two of the best here for sure...


Nunan has produced a great album that offers so much you’ll be wanting much more…

 

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


 

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