DIARY - 14 AUGUST 2007 - ANDRE CAMILLERI CD REVIEW
CAMILLERI & THE BROKEN HEARTS
ONE FINE DAY & OTHER SONGS (RAMBLIN' MAN RECORDS).
Camilleri & The Broken Hearts
dipped deep into the stone country template for his first album with The
He laced ruptured romance requiem Emily with morphine, cocaine,
heroin, grass and bourbon and followed it down with a chaser in I Got
A Little Drunk.
"I got wasted on morphine and cocaine/ I smoked cannabis and tried
heroin/ ecstasy and LSD/ nothing made me forget Emily."
is unlikely to have heard Melbourne band Hit & Run singer Dan
Robinson's live seventies anthem Smack, Smoke & Whiskey.
singer-songwriter was born much later in Germany where he sang and
picked in Berlin beer and wine mines and Streight Street on the
fringes of the red light district of Valletta - capitol of his ancestral
But Robinson and his music, dating back to sixties rockers Wild
Cherries and Virgil Brothers, are well known to Camilleri's pedal
steel guitarist Brendan Mitchell.
life imitated art with a liver transplant 25 years after writing Ballad
Of A Dead Liver - theme song for the Dead Livers.
steel players rarely dominate peers' discs but a liberal lacing enables
Camilleri to ignite entrée songs Leaving On My Mind
and Broken Heart as a salient signpost to Sad Old Clown,
All About Gone and Cold Heart Woman Blues that add melancholic
meat to the bone.
It's hard to listen to Sad Old Clown without thinking of Smoky
Robinson's 1970 hit but he didn't have The Best Little Whorehouse
In Texas stage show pedal steel player Mitchell on his tune.
Cut All The Weed is not an anti-dope song but savage social
comment on Middle East wars with battles over oil on troubled waters
not too far from Malta.
Morrisville is a macabre, humorous homily, about a teenager stealing
a head from a tomb to make a bong - sardonic segue to the optimistic
finale, the title track.
< Brendan Mitchell
on harmonica joins partners in rhyme - bassist Chris Birnie, guitarist
James Stewart and drummer Maurie del Citto - on Cold Heart Woman Blues.
Vocal students may debate if Andrew strayed far from the gene pool of
his dad Joe, but unlike Skyhooks, he doesn't have Dan Robinson singing
the high notes on tour.
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