Geoff Green is Just Wild About The The New Album
"Want something completely different? Then here
it is. Furry & Wilde. I usually recommend lights out, smooth
drink, close your eyes and relax when listening
to good music. Good music this certainly is, but
relax you surely won’t.
This is sound-mixing of an extreme nature,
requiring your full attention."
21st century ‘Dance’ rhythm based with a
touch of soul and rock, mercifully it
doesn’t stray into Rap in any sense. The
60s ‘talking blues’ influence is there
instead, and so is the keyboard
inventiveness of Thomas Dolby and
Kraftwerk from the 80s.
Vocally it is everywhere, in the sense
that like a well-cast movie, the
contributors match the need laid down by
the song and the backing track. Not by
accident I suspect. We are talking
producers and studio engineers who know
what the hell they are doing here.
The sublime and mysterious spoken “Cop’s Job”
has you desperate to know the ending. The
writer, like all good artistes, leaves you
wanting more. “All the Same” ‘Supertramps’ you
back into your bewilderment at life, questions
“High Performance” soul-rocks its way back into
your mid-life psyche reminiscent of Alexis
Korner and a touch of very early ‘Chicago’.
“Warrimbool” could not be anything but an
Australian track - bushman poetry of the kind I
last heard in a Dandenongs music pub where one
of the performers claimed to have spent the
previous five years being experimented on in a
UFO. As a non-whingeing Pom (at least I bloody
hope so mates) I buy into that.
Cynicism with humour for sure.
“Mankind” returns to the hypnotic
talking blues Kraftwerk-Frankie Goes To
Hollywood dance mix and is a calculated
social comment on where we are as a
society today. For me the finest track
on this extraordinary musical effort.
I leave the instrumental “New York City
Cha Cha” until last, for no other reason
than I wish Baz Luhrman had had this
full-band interpretation track at his
disposal for that beyond funny movie
‘Busy’, and despite the influences I
found, ‘inventive’ is what this
collection of work is. You’d have to be
a complete wally (that’s Pom-speak for
‘drongo’) not to find something in it