DIARY - 27 JULY 2009 - LIANNA ROSE CD REVIEW
SOAK UP THE WORLD (MGM).
ROSE GROWS ON TRACTORS
"Poor old Bill met a girl called Mary/ she was really quite pretty
but her legs were hairy/ but Bill didn't mind." - I Want My Tractor
Back - Lianna Rose
long ago gained traction as vibrant vehicles for driving country songs
into the soul of the genre.
Kenny Chesney earned a cool $90 million from 2008 touring and had
an embryonic hit with She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy while Joe
Diffie's John Deere Green was a metaphor for the mighty machine.
Canadian troubadour Fred Eaglesmith collects a tidy profit from tractor
tunes and Jason Aldean recently charted with Jim Collins-David Lee
Murphy song Big Green Tractor.
Let's not forget Tulsa legend Steve Ripley whose band The Tractors
recently released its sixth album Trade Union.
Now NSW Central Coast chanteuse Lianna Rose puts the big green machine
up-front as spurned spoils of a marital split in I Want My Tractor
Back on her debut album.
Rose, prolific writer for others and former resident of Yass on Highway
31, penned all 13 songs here.
In her paddock
prince tune guitarist Bill returns home from a gig to find Mary and his
later, successful litigant Mary shakes her lawyer's hand on the court
steps before the punch line.
"You could hear Bill laughing cause away he ran/ with the tractor,
he went and stole it."
Unclear how many guitarists steal tractors but Rose sold her Highway 31
home before heading to the coast and proves a mirthful mistress of her
as I pick up the matches to burn away my pain/ I stop and thinks to myself,
girl/ he's not even worth the flame." - A New Guitar - Lianna
mixes mirth and melancholia in A New Guitar where a femme fatale
finds solace in her axe but baulks at burning her banished beau's
Rose's characters are strong women and wield guitars as weapons of
choice in single Jack (New Strings), replete with video clip
of the decamping damsel.
"Yeah, I'm a real nice girl, I left you my P.C./ cause I know
how much you love that damn thing/ more than me."
Ruptured romance ignites powerful domestic violence tale I Still
Cry as a mother of two falls twice - eight years apart - for abusive
in love battlefield saga Smoking Gun - "when all is said and
done/ love is just a smoking gun/ dropped on the floor."
songs adorned Home & Away this year, excels in narratives -
especially tear stained entrée Higher Ground and Don't
Take The Girl that includes a lyric lifted for her album title.
Most villains are men - the cheater in Sugar On It - but there's
self-deprecating mirth as she casts a poisonous princess in Just Like
Maybe it's a play on the name of the artist who softens in esoteric Ebony.
Rose and producer Matt Fell deserve extended credit for salient song sequencing.
Rose exhibits fragility on Even Angels Need Angels and poignant
Jenny that precede the uncertain choices of despair driven finale
Am I The Song.
"Funny how life can make you feel little unsure/ and no matter what
path you choose there's always a vampire/ sucking your soul for more."
Rose, producer Fell and co-writer Dai Pritchard add guitar to a disc enriched
by Mick Albeck's fiddle, Fell's banjo and percussion, drummer Michael
Carpenter and pianist Bill Risby.
Mark Punch and Felicity's singing spouse Glenn Hannah also join the guitar
army on a disc that is already an ARIA contender.
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