Dave McArtney: Hook
By Nick Batt
Even though it's been at least 19 years since his last album, Dave McArtney shows that he still has what it takes when it comes to writing great songs. Of course McArtney should know a thing or two about what makes a good song having been in Hello Sailor and Dave McArtney and the Pink Flamingos (a group that saw him clean up at the 1981 RIANZ awards). Mind you, a lot has happened since then (the falling of the Berlin Wall and the hole in the ozone layer for starters). Does he still have his edge? McArtney blends catchy choruses, great lyrics, electronic beats and tasteful guitar to produce an album that makes you wonder if he ever stopped making music. Recorded in his own studio, Rose Temple, Hook is pretty much a solo affair with McArtney being the artist, producer, writer and main musician (with help from backing vocalists Peni d'Heaven, Pearl Runga & Jordan Luck, keys and sax-man, Godfrey deGrut and bassist Steve Robinson). Those of you wanting a repeat of McArtney's '80s work will be disappointed as 'Hook' is definitely a product of the 21st century. Please Dave - don't make us wait another 19 years for the next release!