The Courier-Mail

KILL IT YOURSELF JESS RIBEIRO

[ BARELY DRESSED RECORDS/ REMOTE CONTROL]

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Mick Harvey can crack a whip. Ribeiro quipped that working with him on this, her breakout record, was “like working with an old-school punk, German headmaster and spiritual adviser”. Ribeiro’s walked away from calm country and into the fire of big-smoke folk. Rivers On Fire’ s skronking, senile saxophone is wonderfull­y impatient, leading us to Bleach- era rusty guitars, then Slip the Leash and If You Were a Kelpie pick up Laura Jean’s thread, adding Cowboy Junkies menace with the rhetoric taunt: “Have you been cheatin’ on me?” Good Day celebrates the day the people of Muckaty Station, NT, went to the courts to stop nuclear waste being dumped on their homes … and won. / MIKEY CAHILL

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