Magazine article New Internationalist

Mirrors

Magazine article New Internationalist

Mirrors

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by Kev Carmody

(Song Cycles CD)

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Being described as Australia's Bob Dylan could be a hard tag to live up to, but singer-songwriter Kev Carmody has the vision and the versatility that's always marked the American's career. It was 1990's blistering Pillars of Society that put Carmody - and his impassioned songs around Aboriginal lights - on the map. The success of Pillars, and subsequent albums such as Bloodlines, was also a wake-up call to many who knew nothing of Australia's 'stolen generation' - Carmody himself was taken from his family aged 10.

Now Mirrors, released with an eye on elections in both Australia and the US, picks up the torch. It's an attractively direct release: Carmody's opener, 'Dirty Dollar', sets up a simple but effective dualism between globalization and the concept of a 'pristine land'. …

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