When Josh Arnold burst on the scene at the start of the new millennia he cut a duet with Lee Kernaghan on tired John Denver staple Thank God I'm A Country Boy to sate radio's familiarity fuehrers.

But the best music on a debut he co-produced with Rod McCormack were edgy tales from his Darling Downs rural roots.

Now, for radio dam busting, he handed studio reigns to multi-instrumentalist Michael Flanders for his third album in just four years.

The fourth generation son of the soil from the Brigalow way out west of Toowoomba widened his target audience to the lucrative urban jungle.

Hotshot Texan guitarist Charlie Sexton was hired for the single Ripple On The Tide and One Night The Storm - a driving tune akin to the peaks of Jefferson Airplane.

It's no surprise when you explore psychedelic country there's esoteric imagery akin to "the serpent sun is passing into the sorbent haze."

Arnold entrees with the sensual splendour of Soft Light and quasi-religious fervour of soul searching Courage.

Flanders slide guitar and mandolin gives an anthemic feel to Haze - a tune also bathed in pedal steel and dobro

The use of climatic imagery in Ripple On The Tide, Fire In The Sun, Losing Sunshine and One Night The Storm - may be merely subliminal.

Losing Sunshine is a poignant parable about loss of innocence of progeny sprung in a techno trap where fate is programmed long before pubescence.

Arnold challenges faith, fears and prejudices in Miracle and Garden Of Life but social comment vignette Mama Tina stamps it as a stayer.

His provocative narrative about an Irish saint working gutters and ghettoes of Ho Chi Minh City takes on more relevance with the geriatric challenged Papal appointment.

But there is optimism rooted in the rural metaphor of Flower Wild In Seed that may be sweet salve for the singer, not yet on the flip side of 30.

For Arnold it's an artistic gamble that works on 12 originals unleashing his voice as no mere weapon of mass distraction in an ocean of organ, guitars and keyboards.

Arnold launches his CD tomorrow at the Cornish Arms in the killing fields of former farmland in Brunswick.

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