Still aiming for the stadium, but perhaps less excited to be in a stadium, Gold Afternoon Fix
is basically like a more sprawling Starfish
, with that album's big production sound, but without the melodies and diversity to match. So, as such things go, this album feels a bit redundant.
Kilbey really starts to go off the deep end with his lyrics here. He's on about some damn thing or another, and he never changes his vocals at all, so many of the songs start to sound the same after a while. Couple that with the fact that all his songs are at the exact same damn tempo, and the result is an hour-long album that feels like a three hour album.
"Terra Nova Cain", "You're Still Beautiful" - and especially "Grind", despite its commendable piano breaks that threaten to make things interesting - all feel very bland. So, when someone else steps in on lead vocals, like Willson-Piper does on the plain cool "Russian Autumn Heart" (the first and only time a Piper song was an A-side I believe), or as Koppes does on the Johnny Marr-ish "Transient", the full potential of the album is achieved.
I know, I know, this is starting to look like a 'I hate Steve Kilbey' review. Honestly, he does bang out some good ones - "Metropolis", "Essence", and "Laughing" are all decent - but mostly, his writing feels adequate, but not very enthusiastic.
All in all, this album's still a decent follow-up to Starfish
. I hate it, but it's still good.Rated:
by Reviewer: Austin
(blogging at Austin's Page