COUN­TRY

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

ON his first sig­nif­i­cant album since 2003’ s mag­nif­i­cent Rough Around the Edges, in­de­pen­dent Aus­tralian coun­try mu­sic artist Rob Wil­son makes a rea­son­able ar­gu­ment that he is in­deed the real deal. Self­pro­duc­ing, with solid per­for­mances from his band as well as guests in­clud­ing Bill Cham­bers, Mick Al­beck and Glen Han­nah, the Hunter Val­ley, NSW, based singer again shows him­self to be a fine vo­cal­ist with a rich tone and a Ge­orge Jones- like quiver at the end of phrases. The chink in his ar­mour is his song­writ­ing. Where Rough Around the Edges used choice cov­ers to sup­port his ma­te­rial, here it is ap­par­ent that while Wil­son can write grand songs on coun­try mu­sic’s tried and true themes, he just doesn’t have enough top- shelf ma­te­rial to last a full album. The highs ( the ti­tle track, You’re My Home, Down at the Horse­shoe Bend ) are bal­anced by lows ( the plain awk­ward The Great Aus­tralian Spirit , for one) that leave The Real Deal as some­thing of a missed op­por­tu­nity. The Real Deal Rob Wil­son One Step En­ter­tain­ment

Polly Coufos

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