LUKE THOMPSON: The Water EP
By Amanda Mills
Itís three years since the release of his heralded debut album, ĎHere on the Groundí, and for much of that time Luke Thompson seems to have gone to ground. This EP release was recorded in association with charity The Good Trust. Stylistically, nothing much has changed, the music here being commercial singer/songwriter folk-pop, and an easy-listening experience that is curiously lacklustre. The melodies are catchy enough: Make My Grave (Wherever I Fall) rolls along easily, while The Voice of Reason could be a Paul Simon song, with the familiar phrasing and the similarity between the two voices, though Thompsonís isnít as world-weary, and can be rather nasal, especially on the EPís title song. Despite very decent supporting instrumental performances from Dave Baxter (Avalanche City), Nic Manders, Bruce Lynch and Lydia Cole, ĎThe Water EPí doesnít break any new ground, and Thompson, well, treads water. A change of direction or a gutsier writing and production style is warranted to give a bit of edge to his work.