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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Iain Shed­den

The Good China Ice­cream Hands Dust Devil Mu­sic/ Stomp IT’S a lit­tle ironic that this album, Ice­cream Hands’ first in five years, comes just as an­other classy pop band with Melbourne roots, Crowded House, is re­claim­ing its poprock throne. The Hands didn’t get the big breaks, for what­ever rea­sons, that might have led to them head­lin­ing to­day’s Live Earth fes­ti­val, but for the past 14 years they have been writ­ing and per­form­ing qual­ity songs that drink from the same well as Neil Finn, Glenn Til­brook and Matthew Sweet, to name a few. The Good China is awash with great hooks and a barely dis­guised pas­sion for the Fabs and their ilk. It doesn’t hurt that three of the four mem­bers are ac­com­plished song­writ­ers. Charles Jenk­ins’s Say That You Want Me Some More com­bines over­laid har­monies with off- the- dial gui­tars and a thump­ing back­beat, while his clos­ing My Mother was a Dancer echoes the Beach Boys in Brian Wil­son’s more melan­choly mo­ments. Mar­cus Good­win’s This is What I Want rides along on a har­monic wave from be­gin­ning to end, while Douglas Lee Robert­son’s Ev­ery­one’s Wait­ing adds a mel­lower but just as ad­dic­tive dope to the band’s ir­re­sistible chem­istry.

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