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Review of Blind by Mama K and the Big Love


Johnstone, D, Review of Blind by Mama K and the Big Love, Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media, Sydney, Australia and online, 1, p. 1. (2017) [Newspaper Article]

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We know about the wines, cheeses, roads, yacht races and MONA, but it turns out Tasmania also does R&B, southern-style, which is sort of appropriate. Mama K and the Big Love is an 11-piece soul band with a whopping sound and a fist full of mostly strong songs by bassist David Johnstone. Kartika Franks, Wendy Moles and Crystal Campbell provide powerhouse call-and-response vocals that have a live, sweaty-club energy about them, and the rhythm section of Johnstone and Stewart Long rolls as much as it rocks. The two keyboards, two guitars and horns have been cunningly arranged into rhythmic jigsaw puzzles so they never cancel each other out, and the grooves can be slinky as often as they have a crunching edge. The ballads are not as convincing as the dance songs, among which the Motownish Moth To the Flame, Nothing Left to Say, The Right Time, For You and This Man stand out. Long's extensive use of analogue equipment in recording the album has been repaid with a sound as warm as the hug of an old friend. JOHN SHAND, Sydney Morning Herald 4/5/2017 3 1/2 stars.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The performing arts
UTAS Author:Johnstone, D (Mr David Johnstone)
ID Code:117509
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Research Services
Deposited On:2017-06-17
Last Modified:2017-06-17

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