By Mahinarangi Tocker
Eight are skilled musical observers of life. With 'Dobbyn-like' vocal tones and an 'Audioslave' attitude, main singer, Bruce Conlon, keeps your heart busy. This is grand singing, clothed in layers of instrumental rock, with members in slick, experienced communication with each other. A landscape of lyrics that speak Eight's own sound. My favourite songs change with each listen - today, they are Forgetting, with Conlon's marvelous vocal control and sneaky drama grabbing my heartstrings and, Fall Apart, sharing philosophies and politics. Beautiful instrumentals bridge gaps between some of the songs. Great cover too, featuring lyrical content mixed occasionally with artwork (set out and designed by Paul's partner Michelle). This is one of the best NZ bands I've heard in years. My pick of best new recordings for the next round of Tui awards. Out on BMG Records.