This one is a grower, an album which
requires some dedicated listening to discover all the blooms
hiding in the crevices. The first question, and probably
the one most annoying to the affable gentleman in question,
What is the difference between a You Am I song and a Tim
The easy answer is Rogers tends to indulge, or rather explore,
more of his country leanings on his solo work. Although
it could be said that the band's last album, Deliverance,
had its fair share of those influences.
The real answer is intimacy. Rogers tends to let it all
hang out on this album. The dedication makes that clear
- For Rocio and Ruby - his beautiful wife and daughter,
whose photos grace the CD artwork.
Some Fellas Heartbreaker, the opening track, could be a
dad's lament for his adored daughter, albeit written from
the perspective of a wise and cynical father who has been
there before. It epitomises Rogers' melancholic humour.
Time & Distance
is a not-so-pretty tale of hooking up with his father in
a tragic state after a big night. It's brutally melancholic,
a sad portrait of someone who is suffering the travails
of being separated from his loved ones. Rogers personalises
Australian politics (Fiction), cleverly references pop
culture (King Of The Hill) and gives Gene
Simmons a piece of his mind (Letter To Gene).
He is valiantly assisted on Spit Polish by a band who sprinkle
moondust on the tracks (Shane O'Mara, Ian Kitney, Stuart
Speed) and vocal contributions from Lisa Miller and Rebecca
Barnard. The only jarring note comes from Rogers squeezing
all those words in - at times, his vocals slide into a
distracting talk/sing performance. But he also has plenty
of fun coming
in and out of tracks with an infectious "Wooh"'
or "Rock'n'roll all night" cry.
for You Am I's rock assault had better wait until they
release a new album later this year but if you want to
revel in fine songwriting played with love and plenty of
red wine, here it is.
SLM (Daily Telegraph)