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The Lucksmiths "A Good Kind of Nervous" CD $18 (L&L028) Add To Basket.


(Originally released in Australia by Candle Records in 1997).

1) Caravanna 
2) Under The Rotunda 
3) Train Robbers' Wives 
4) World Encyclopedia Of Twentieth Century Murder 
5) The Invention Of Ordinary Everyday Things 
6) Punchlines 
7) Guess How Much I Love You 
8) Columns O' Steam 
9) Up 
10) Wyoming 
11) Little Athletics

"K Records' releases usually carry the tag "international pop underground," a hopeful declaration of cross-cultural unity among bands from Olympia to Glasgow to Tokyo. These are musicians concerned with overt melody and romanticism, and they operate below the radar. The Lucksmiths are such a band. Few outside their environs of Melbourne, Australia, have ever heard of them--they haven't even put out a 7-inch on K--but the trio plays gentle songs with resolute charm.

Primary vocalist Tali White sings in a light accent, enunciating each clever turn of phrase and strumming out catchy if non-flamboyant riffs that bounce along over jaunty rhythms. The band's third full-length is a tour de force of pop for a breezy and clear afternoon, abounding with commentary on youthful love and vignettes about life in a modern town. On the infectious "Punchlines," the band works up a white-soul saunter while Donald laments a relationship in which the woman doesn't get his jokes.He's even more wistful in "Guess How Much I Love You," a touching tale about a long-distance affair, with a circular chorus about missing his lover in places such as the bookstore and the laundromat.

It's neither as brooding as the Smashing Pumpkins nor as grandiose as Bush, and that's half the point. The Lucksmiths play pop for people who wish to look beyond the glossy surface." Richard Martin, Willamette Week (Portland, Oregon)