More than your average Joes
WITH their ‘‘ difficult’’ album out of the way, Eskimo Joe are back to doing what they do best.
For anyone who’s ever enjoyed this WA act over the years, their fifth album won’t disappoint with its heartfelt, honest tales, sweet ballad and the odd rock tune thrown into the mix too.
The guys have said this album was not just one person’s vision, it was more of a collaborative process than past recordings.
A prime example of this is Speeding Car for which frontman Kav Temperley had a lyric about a self-destructive relationship spinning through his thoughts when, in a timely text, guitarist Joel Quartermain sent him a piano chord progression they fitted and a song was born. Apparently song writing is as easy as that!
There’s a lot of lost love themes going on throughout the album but Temperley is writing from a new perspective. Instead of first person accounts of things happening in his life, he has broadened the scope and looked for inspiration outwardly instead of inwardly.
The voyeuristic Itch is about two of Temperley’s friends who went through a bad break-up with the female chasing her dream to the detriment of her partner.
On Words of Avoidance they tell an uncomfortable tale about domestic violence. It’s a subject that is never easily tackled but Eskimo Joe do a stellar job of painting a picture here.
It’s one of the better songs they’ve ever written.
When We Were Kids is a reflective, sombre ballad looking back on childhood love with rose-coloured glasses. It’s the restrained piano line that makes this one purr. The song feels so classically Eskimo Joe that it is a shoo-in to make the cut for their Greatest Hits album, when that day comes. It could fit comfortably on to their second or third LP, maybe even on their experimental, Eastern-influenced wacky fourth outing.
The shimmering guitars on Love Is A Drug are a perfect match to the song’s lyrics about the lust and electricity of new love.
Song six shares the album’s title and refers to exorcising relationships. It’s one of the harder-rocking tunes and sounds like it’ll become a new favourite at live shows.
In Gave It All Away the singer looks at younger people and sees the mistakes he used to make. It’s interesting to hear a writer, who Australians of a certain age have grown up with, turning a corner and finding new ways to see the world.
Over a quietly strummed guitar on Just Don’t Feel, Temperley explains what it’s like to spend years and years telling the world your secrets, it’s the price he’s paid for his art.
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