King Cannons: The Brightest Light

NICK WARD
Last updated 15:03 19/07/2012

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These Melbourne-based Kiwis have the kind of sound that keeps Aussies happy on a sweaty, beer-soaked Saturday night.

Their debut album is in the proud tradition of Ocker rock of the soul-blues variety – and while it sounds great, with production from Shihad drummer Tom Larkin, it’s also, inevitably, a bit derivative.

The call-and-response opener Stand Right Up hurtles headlong into a world of urban lives of noisy desperation, where the young and hungry live for the weekend – Too Young, The Last Post and especially Ride Again, with its lyrics about breaking chains and heading for the light, are actually quite Springsteenish.

Too Hot To Handle, Call For Help and Shot To Kill are credible stompers, though the Cannons misfire with Charlie O, an ill-advised foray into reggae, before the internationalist stance of Everyman’s Tale.

Best tracks: The Brightest Light, Everyman’s Tale.

  • Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs from Everyman, Nelson.

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