ROOTS

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

XAVIER Rudd is the full cliche. There’s roots, reg­gae, didgeri­doo ( yir­daki), land rights, whales, slide gui­tar and good times, but that’s not to say he isn’t an ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent in this niche of pre­dictabil­i­ties. Rudd’s mu­si­cian­ship, song­writ­ing and right- on op­ti­mism el­e­vate him from camp­fire to fes­ti­val and to the front door of even the most cyn­i­cal ur­ban emit­ter. You don’t have to chain your­self to trees to en­joy this in­fec­tious col­lec­tion of songs. And in this strange time, when even the Prime Min­is­ter is ap­prox­i­mat­ing a cli­mate con­ver­sion, maybe we’re all on the same page any­way. White Moth is the Bells Beach- born Rudd’s fourth album in five years and his best yet. It is a jour­ney through his reg­gae, folk, rock and world roots and fea­tures the sur­pris­ing co- pro­duc­tion of Dave Rave Ogilvie, who is bet­ter known for his goth- in­dus­trial work. There’s a sonic in­ten­sity that stands out on the stomp­ing wig- out of Foot­print but also gives some mus­cle to pret­tier ma­te­rial such as the har­mon­ica- drenched Choices . All the songs, no mat­ter what the styling, are un­der­pinned by Rudd’s cun­ning pop sen­si­bil­ity. White Moth Xavier Rudd Anti-

Peter Lalor

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