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Af­ter re­leas­ing a cou­ple of al­bums with his band the Au­to­crats, Mel­bourne singer-song­writer Steve Lane made the de­ci­sion to re­lease his third al­bum The Re­venge Of The

Lawn as a solo project. The songs are stripped back from his orig­i­nal in­ten­tion. The sound varies from the quiet, acous­tic ‘There Is Light’ to mid­paced soft rock tracks such as ‘Reap What You Know’ and to slower songs like ‘Dot Point’, em­pha­sis­ing Lane’s word­smith qual­i­ties. The drift­ing ‘Mon­soon Heart­break’ has a twangy gui­tar back­ing, sort of like a spaghetti west­ern sound­track. ‘Cam­ber’ is more rock than any­thing else on the al­bum and, with its catchy cho­rus is one of the al­bum’s best. Lane’s vo­cals pos­sess an hon­est, en­dear­ing qual­ity and his abil­ity to write a good song has held him in good stead here.

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