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BOB EVANS – Familiar Stranger

| 10 May 2013 | Reply

Released March 2013
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Bob Evans - Familiar Stranger CD

Bob Evans – Kevin Mitchell to his Mum and Jebediah fans everywhere – has set the controls for the heart of The Beatles on his fourth solo album.

He’s still got the Dylanesque wandering troubadour thing going on, but there’s more emphasis on production here, little George Martinesque tricks fleshing out his touchingly personal songs, and in Familiar Stranger he’s found an album title which cleverly sums up the relationship between listener and artist.

Singles Don’t Wanna Grow Up Anymore and Go are irresistibly catchy – the former full of his trademark sense of humour yet with an underlying sadness, or at least gravitas, coming from a recent father who has settled down after years on the road. Responsibility ain’t all it’s cracked up to be!

Sitting In The Waiting Room addresses another fateful hospital visit, while Footscray Park is a little note to his adopted hometown – a wistful tune which would be a throwaway in another’s hands, but Evans/Mitchell’s deft touches elevate it to something a little special.

It’s a more mature and – yes – responsible album this time around, but Familiar Stranger is perhaps better for it, rounding his influences out a bit more and, perhaps realising that he isn’t going to be (or doesn’t have to be) the solo minstrel with an acoustic guitar and harmonica all his life, it’s more of a band album.


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