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Mick Harvey has been in The Birthday Party and The Bad Seeds (both with Dick Cave) and has collaborated with PJ 'pyjama's' Harvey (not related) but this is his first solo album completely written by himself. It reminds me most of the Robert Forster (Go Betweens) solo album 'Danger in the Past' (eerily produced by Harvey himself) in that its a selection of dusty acoustic settings with storytelling, ...

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Sketches From The Book Of The Dead by Mick Harvey
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 April 2011

Mick Harvey has been in The Birthday Party and The Bad Seeds (both with Dick Cave) and has collaborated with PJ 'pyjama's' Harvey (not related) but this is his first solo album completely written by himself. It reminds me most of the Robert Forster (Go Betweens) solo album 'Danger in the Past' (eerily produced by Harvey himself) in that its a selection of dusty acoustic settings with storytelling, poetic lyrics that seem to have been applied to the songs by shoehorn in that more words are sung than seems sensible but which gives each line an intensity so you are waiting through the spaces to find out what happens next. It has a really sun baked, Australian outback feel which will also appeal to fans of The Dirty Three, The Triffids and of course The Bad Seeds. It's simply produced, mainly just guitars, keyboards and the odd lightly brushed drums. It's all about creating atmospheres as a nest on which the stories can be told.




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