CD review: Six strings and a sailboat - Jamie McDell

JAMES BELFIELD
Last updated 05:00 25/11/2012
Six strings and a sailboat - Jamie McDell
Six strings and a sailboat - Jamie McDell

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SIX STRINGS AND A SAILBOAT
Jamie McDell
(EMI)

Mangawhai's 20-year-old blonde singer-songwriting popster makes the kind of music that turns 30-something pragmatists into jaded middle-aged pessimists.

Her world is set in a sun-drenched world of surf-chicks chasing happy endings and vapour trails in bleached-blue skies: as if Twilight's Bella Swan had grown up with boaties and a decent left-hand break rather than falling in love with dead people.

And, like Twilight, there's a seemingly bottomless bucket of fans out there for such Disnified, smoothly produced, Taylor Swift-style happiness - two No1 singles and overseas interest prove that.

So, if optimism, sunshine, sailboats and crazy, carefree beach-party summers are your thing, go for it. This is all for you - and it doesn't get much better. 

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