CD review: The Warratahs

The Warratahs' seventh album, and their first studio effort in nine years, Runaway Days was recorded over a couple of days, and it shows - in a good way.

There is an immediacy and urgency across the 10 originals (and a folky cover of Ring of Fire featuring Caroline Easther) that helps to highlight the lyrical strengths of key songwriter and singer Barry Saunders, who presents a collage of small stories investigating the foibles, frailty and strengths of various types.

A relatively spare tonal template is augmented by Nick Brown's swooning fiddle, occasional organ and steel guitar, revealing this veteran Kiwi group remains a well-lubricated machine.

• The Warratahs. Runaway Days. Southbound Records.

Four stars (out of five)

Single download: Mt Victoria Rain
For those who like: Bob Dylan, Paul Kelly

- Shane Gilchrist

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