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Augie March | Sunset Studies (BMG Aus)
Following the increasingly popular trend of emotive rock come Augie March. A guitar based group of intelligent melody makers in touch with their sensitive sides. Glenn Richards (vocalist) even conveniently possesses that graceful Thom Yorke/Jeff Buckley-esque gift of the singing gab. Although they lie on a bed of rather charming, rhythmic melodies it's the words that stand out on this album & give 'Sunset Studies' its old fashioned, romantic, almost historic feel. Each track is like a profound piece of A-grade creative writing, perhaps running the risk of labelling Augie March 'pretentious'. Pretentious or just plain smart, their charisma is tempting. Asleep in Perfection is the album's catchiest track. A laid-back lilting lullaby dusted with delicate vocals, waltzing guitar and twinkling piano. A continual conflict of contrasting sounds could class this album something like contemporary meets classical halfway between country near folk. It's these clashes that put the colour in Sunset Studies.
CWAS #7 - Spring 2001