This is my New Zealand Music Month act of contrition.
Delaney Davidson's fourth album has been out for a while but has escaped my attention until now, and it's another delicious cocktail of whiskey and gloom.
Davidson's twanging, crooning nuggets of Kiwi Gothic (he calls it "folk jump noir") are in the spirit of a Cantabrian Nick Cave, but with plenty of humour and musical variety, from the lugubrious barroom sway of Time Has Gone to the tribal drums of I've Got the Devil Inside.
With song titles like I'm So Depressed, Another Man's Eyes and River of Misery, you get the feeling that this is a guy who really was born under a bad sign and has been suffering ever since - although You're A Loser ("and you're losing me") reminds us that we're all in this together.
Best tracks: Time Has Gone, It's So Good
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs from Everyman, Nelson.