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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Nagillum - 52 Weeks

I've been listening to a lot of Prog and Psych lately, so it's been refreshing to be back in Pop Rock territory with Nagillum's 52 Weeks album. I've had the album for a while now and should have told you about it much earlier. The album just grows and grows on you.

Australia's Mark Mulligan offers up nothing that is mind boggingly complex. 52 Weeks is chirpy Pop of the highest order. Kick off your shoes and get ready to sing along. The songs are arranged expertly, the hooks aplenty and the general joy count is high.

Bands Around His Heart has a hint of Andrew Gold doing Country Pop. Underlinked is great 70's US Pop Rock and Honey's Gone goes one step further, it's a little bit Elton, a little bit Joel. Gazelle is all acoustic moody, wonderfully so, with a killer big chorus.

Next Time We See Each Other bombs along and continues that Feel Good move. Everyone Will Be Your Friend In Heaven is a real happy clappy sing along. One More Year is a slowed down Torch Song, that works equally well.

The overall feel to 52 Weeks is American Pop Rock and I keep thinking of Andrew Gold without the piano. There's also more than a hint of Robbie Williams. I Know I Know!!!! But if you put aside the irritating red coat buffoon facase of Williams, when he's good, he's good.

Nagillum has fashioned up a real good ole listen Retro Affair. Just the thing for these upcoming long winter nights.

You can listen to and buy the album here.


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