Another gem from Australia's greatest folk-pop storyteller.
Spring and Fall traces the course of a relationship that begins with the usual starry-eyed bliss but gradually turns to custard, though Kelly's simple, gentle string band arrangements make it a smooth journey.
New Found Year and For the Ages show just how good he is at writing big-hearted love songs, while a bit of snarling slide guitar sneaks into Gotta Be Good.
The first signs of trouble appear in Someone New and Sometimes My Baby, before depression and a communication breakdown conspire to wreck everything.
There's a feeling of helplessness beneath the reassuring tones of I'm On Your Side, while None of Your Business Now ("Go and find another/Or write a stupid song") and Little Aches and Pains deal with the aftermath.
This is Kelly at his best.
Best tracks: Someone New, I'm On Your Side.
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.
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