While it's been a while since The Blackeyed Susans last official release, they've not 'been away'. They're not that kind of band. The Susans, to long term friends like me (not keen on the word 'fan' - yes, you can ask me why some time), seep into your soul and psyche, changing you irrevocably. This release maintains that potency, and possibly captures the Susans at their best.
Rob Snarski's voice remains the most beautiful in this land (probably the world, really), and he captures the mood and intent of Phil's lyrics in a way no other singer can. Phil Kakulas, Kiernan Box, Graeme Lee, Dan Luscombe Mark Dawson, JP Shilo and Matt Habben remain outstanding, and paint a soundscape that is lush, moody and electrifying.
'The Lover Or The Loved' is a beautiful musing on that confounding condition called love, one that recognises the different positions two people can take in a relationship, and how those positions impact people singularly and collectively.
'Yellow Brown and Green' juxtaposes elements of nature with the cycle of life, demonstrating the closeness of both.
'The Good Life Never Ends', a David McComb track featured in the Susans live shows, makes it on here, and it's absolutely perfect. I've always loved David's wry and humorous observations of life, and the Susans capture the mood of this song beautifully.
'Dirty Minds (for a Dirty Age)' is swampy, dirty rock at its best, and is quite revelation! Phil takes the lead, and its dirty, gutsy stuff. Love it.
Thanks for coming back, Susans, but hey, you never went away.