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Happiest Man Alive

The juxtaposition of effusive title and overcast cover provides a sardonic entree to Stephen Cummings' umpteenth album. The juxtaposition of effusive title and overcast cover provides a sardonic entree to Stephen Cummings' umpteenth album of acoustic philosophising but the keynote feels more like sanguine acceptance than sarcasm. "Like it or not, this is the world that we live in," he sings on the way to the mellow chorus mantra that Love is Space and Time. It's a world of spooky swings and bumpy roundabouts; fond notes to fallen heroes (Raymond Chandler, Edward Hopper, Henry Miller) and only the occasional grumpy outburst at the TV. Sure, Sick Comedian, a howl of indignation at declining standards of politics, media and economic integrity, is one of the album's most potent and lingering tracks - and he's only warming up for the bilious snarl of You Know It All By Heart. But Straight to Your Arms is one of the most vulnerable and contented of his career and the meditative clarity of This Song Can Save You and What A Joy It Is to Dance and Sing is without apparent irony. "Am I thinking a little too much?" he wonders on the haunting penultimate track. On balance, it's probably just the right amount.


Born: Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Australian singer Stephen Cummings is one of Australia's most respected and critically acclaimed artists despite a lack of chart-topping hits during his long and successful career. Cummings began with Melbourne's the Pelaco Brothers during the mid-'70s. He then fronted the Sports for six years before they disbanded in 1981. Cummings' debut single, "We All Make Mistakes," was released in January 1983 and a debut dance-oriented album, Senso, in August 1984. A non-album single, "What Am I Going to Do?,"...
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Happiest Man Alive, Stephen Cummings
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 06 September 2008

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