PAUL KELLY

UNCUT - - New Al­bums - AN­DREW MUELLER

Na­ture COOK­iNG ViNYL 8/10 An­other mi­nor clas­sic by Aus­tralia’s rock lau­re­ate

Kelly’s 24th solo al­bum is to some ex­tent the Venn-di­a­gram over­lap be­tween a cou­ple of its re­cent pre­de­ces­sors. For 2016’s Seven Son­nets And A Song, Kelly – Aus­tralia’s near­est equiv­a­lent to a Bruce Spring­steen fig­ure – co-wrote with Shake­speare. On 2017’s su­perb Life Is Fine he tapped back into the ex­u­ber­ant rock’n’roll that made his name in the mid-1980s. Na­ture is a great rock’n’roll al­bum for which Kelly has bor­rowed lyrics from Dy­lan Thomas, Walt Whit­man and Sylvia Plath, among oth­ers. Un­sur­pris­ingly, how­ever, the most ably re­alised tracks are all Kelly’s own work, most no­tably “With The One I Love” and the mor­dant con­fes­sional “A Bas­tard Like Me”.

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