Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Music Students Hit All the Right Notes on New CD

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Music Students Hit All the Right Notes on New CD

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THIS year's TAFE CD is fabulous. There is a mix of reggae, jazz, country and pop sounds, and when you realise all tracks have been written by music students, it gets just a little bit better.

My review of the 13 tracks on the album, which is available at the Grafton TAFE campus.

Under My Skin a Madison Crisp

The opening track has a nice poppy guitar sound, which has some reggae influence, that makes you want to smile, and a sultry voice that makes you want to get to know the person behind it.

The lyrics on this track are catchy, however, they are a little simple at times, and a little too predictable, but the way they are articulated lets you overlook that.

Embaixu De Belo Ceu a Grant Lawless

A skilled guitar picking style of playing is on full display, as are some emotion-filled lyrics. The track gets a little repetitive at times, but the beat keeps you engaged. There is some tribal drumming thrown in, and you will catch yourself singing along in a completely different language.

Community a Heart Tribe

Another reggae track where the vocalist slips between a reggae style of delivery and Australian spoken accent which seems to be a little more natural. The beat is funky and sway inducing.

Time Yet a Heart Tribe

This fast and fun track is super funky, however, the lyrics are a little difficult to understand at times and it unfortunately results in it feeling like a wall of sound that washes over you.

Angles Thing a James Dempsey and Len E Johnson

This track has a beautiful jazzy feel that takes you on a journey through its different light and dark phases. Beautiful sax, bass and piano and the skills of these musicians are most definitely shown off.

Grabbed From Behind a Rob Hughes

A pub rock tune with an underlying country style combined with husky vocals results in Grabbed From Behind. …

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