STU LARSEN

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Net­twerk Grow­ing up in a ru­ral, re­mote part of Aus­tralia has clearly given singer-song­writer Stu Larsen the travel bug. He still thinks of home, of course, and vis­its when he can, but these days he writes songs based around his ex­pe­ri­ences in coun­tries as far-flung as Scot­land and Ja­pan. The ref­er­ence pitch on his sec­ond al­bum – the fol­low-up to 2014 de­but, Vagabond – is that if you like Pas­sen­ger and Ed Sheeran, then you will re­ally like Stu Larsen. There’s a catch, how­ever: the prob­lem is that Larsen is tread­ing a path al­ready so well worn that it’s now more in­stantly recog­nis­able than warmly fa­mil­iar. Songs such as What’s a Boy to Do, Till the Sun Comes Back, By the River, and Chicago Song are glued to a for­mula that is fast be­com­ing its own worst en­emy. stu­larsen.com

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