The Courier-Mail

ILLEGALS IN HEAVEN BLANK REALM

[ BEDROOM SUCK RECORDS]

- MIKEY CAHILL

Blank Realm have already started on their sixth album. SIXTH! Slow down, egghead. This is the fifth for the jangle-pop moodists (their first studio album) and they stay the course. Everyone is about to catch up and flip out. Their time has come. You can hear it from the tap-dance-on-razorblade­s guitar and motorboat bass in No Views On It as Daniel Spencer sings about an incredulou­s Speedway driver. Cruel Nights slides right under your skin as guitarist Luke Walsh finds your sweet spot and Sarah Spencer joins her brother on dual vocals. Costume Drama kicks against the tricks and Flowers In Mind is Paul Kelly circa ‘89. This is rarest of things: a protest album, a psychpop headtrip and a balls-out rock record./ SOUNDS LIKE: heaven on a stick, Divinyls interventi­on IN A WORD: confoundin­g

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