Graham Brazier: East of Eden
By Tim Page
Graham Brazier's name has been synonymous with Kiwi music for as long as I can remember. As a kid I recall Hello Sailor gigs at the Gluepot being advertised on Radio Hauraki (1480AM). And still the music keeps coming. Apart from a contribution from Alan Jannson on track one, 'East of Eden' was recorded mainly at The Bus studio and produced/engineered by Rikki Morris. This album sounds good in both quality and musicianship, and features some very intelligent and thoughtful songwriting. The songs range in vintage from Daughter of Angelique, written during recording sessions last year, to Desert of Love harking as far back as 1974. There's a lot of themes covered here, from the bitter angst of Fairweather Friend, to the mellow and emotive title track - sure to raise ciggy lighters in concert. Mr Asia is a clever and ironic satire reminding us of some serious events that dominated the news in 1979, while Winter of Discontent deserves a mention for stylistically acknowledging 1950s skiffle groups. This is music as some of us remember it growing up in the '70s and '80s, but minus the vinyl crackle. And very well done it is too. Out on Wildside.