ROCK is dead, long live rock. Pete Townshend
wrote that, when Tim Rogers was still in nappies. The fact
that the phrase retains its currency after 30 years indicates
theories about the demise of the rock'n'roll band have been
off the mark.
Somehow, somewhere, people with ragged
voices and hearts full of soul find a way to flourish against
the odds, in competition with this year's hypes and pretty
In Australia, none have done it better in the past 10 years
than You Am I and Dress Me Slowly finds them full of fight,
whether it be on the sunny mid-paced strummer Beautiful
Girl or the slow-burning Damage , both of which underline
Rogers' strengths as a lyricist.
Yep, they can still crank up those
pulse-raising rockers ( Get Up, Satisfied Mind ), but it's
the confident splash of colours on the palette that make
this a keeper.
And unlike so many CDs that begin
with a bang and swiftly fade, this one concludes with five
killer tracks. Check out the sublime folk-rocker Weeds and
the Mott the Hoople-esque End O' the Line for proof that
the flame is still burning bright.