An Actor Repairs Tim Rogers Four Four Lying beneath the intoxicating rock ’n’ roll swagger of You Am I frontman Tim Rogers is an innate flair for the dramatic, and he fully embraces his unyielding passion for romanticism and theatrics in his latest solo project, An Actor Repairs. The 12-track release, originally intended to be a stage musical, is written through the prism of an old thespian as the curtain falls on his final performance. It’s an intriguing narrative to follow, especially through such an unusual musical vehicle. An Actor Repairs isn’t all easy listening. It doesn’t offer a polished sound, is awkward and flat-sounding at times, and Rogers’ voice comes across as shaky and flawed. This adds to the raw, unconventional character of the album and makes it all the more intriguing and enjoyable. Rogers touches on nostalgia, pride, regret and the overwhelming grief that comes with letting go of your past. The album begins with a chorus of effervescent female voices on The Bug and ends with a rousing folk jig on Cars and Girls. Youth is a country-tinged ballad, while Round the Bend is a gritty soul track with an electrifying pulse. Age (A Couple of Swells) is a touching piano tune complete with clarinet and double bass, and The Umpire’s Son is a Punch Brothers-esque brand of countryclassical. A standout is the touching duet between Rogers and Melbourne singersongwriter Clio Renner on folk ballad One More Late Night Phone Conversation. There are hints that the protagonist is Rogers himself — “tonight I’ll be the guy in You Am I” — on Forgiveness, perhaps an ode to Rogers’ own final curtain call.