Humphreys & Keen: The Overflow
By Nick Batt
Former Able Tasmans songwriting duo Graeme Humphreys and Peter Keen are old hands at writing great songs. Thankfully since the demise of the Ables the two haven't stopped creating, so when Keen was to leave on an oceanographic research vessel in 2003 they decided to do something with the songs they had. Recorded at Helen Young Studios in November 2003, 'The Overflow' is a lush production. Keen has a great voice and Humphreys' songwriting and arranging ability makes for a very interesting album. They are assisted by quality musicians:Peter Scott on double bass, Craig Mason on drums and Miranda Adams' violin. The use of additional brass and strings adds real depth to already well orchestrated tracks. 'The Overflow' mainly consists of what could loosely be classified as ballads (with the emphasis on loosely), and along with a few real toe tappers, the end result is wonderfully compelling. Hopefully this is only the beginning of what looks to be a very promising comeback.