Mahara Tocker: Hurricane's Eye
By Mike Moroney
I was immediately impressed by the strong performances of some thoughtful lyrics on this surprising album. Don't be lulled into complacency by the cool R'n'B sound of the first track - it gets grungy. I love the up-front, right-in-your-ear vocals without any schmaltzy reverb. This is a great listen from beginning to end. Mahara Tocker has pressed the redoubtable Eddie Rayner into service as producer and arranger and every so often the lingering feel of early Enz comes through in the acoustic guitar and keyboards and the cascading arrangements. But these songs stand alone as great compositions, the lyrics make great reading on their own, some biographical, some just plain passionate. There's not a dull moment on this album - even after several listens. You can dance to it too, if you're that way inclined. This album deserves attention.