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Excellent album from one of Australia's greatest bands. Back to the original Whitlams where piano and lyrics drive the album. Excellent music, the sound the guys are getting is fantastic, it isn't as produced as Torch the Moon or even Love this City. Little Cloud focusses the first half on Sydney while the second half is about New York and longing to return home. To pick standout songs is hard because the album flows so well, but the single I Was Alive is catchy and the lyrics sound like true old-school Whitlams. Fondness Makes the Heart Grow Absent is another fantastic song, a slower more meaningful tune followed up by an equally excellent song in Beautiful As You. The Curse Stops Here is a nice finish to the album, an old track from The Whitlams which was recorded live with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra a couple of years back. Don't even think about this one, just buy it, it is well worth it. This album will delight old fans and for anyone who isn't familiar with the band, now is the time to jump on!

The Whitlams first real bad album, drowned in overproduction.

"There's no worse feeling than realising your favorite band is getting old," a good friend of mine told me. That was in response to my dismayed reaction to the Whitlams last album (Torch the Moon), which despite being pretty good nonetheless lacked the punch of previous albums. Freedman seemed to be getting soft in his old age. Regrettably, that's carried through to "Little Cloud", and in spades. The album simply lacks a sense of distinctive difference that defined efforts like "Love This City" and "Eternal Nightcap". Most of the tracks seem to meld into each other. It doesn't help that the first three tracks of the album ("Been Away Too Long", "White Nights" and "I Was Alive") are three of the worst offenders in that regard -- They have an instrumental sameness and despite changes in tempo don't feel different enough from each other to resonate, in part due to the intrusive and overdone production that suffuses the whole album. (And what's with all the overdubbed high pitched backing vocals on every second track?) While "Year of the Rat" finally breaks that haze, it still lacks the fire of previous efforts. That being said, the album does have some bright spots. "Stay With Me" is a lively, energetic ballad, and "She's Moving In", the last track on the album (not counting the older "The Curse Stops Here") has a tarnished brilliance to it. And "12 Hours" is as heartbreaking as any track the Whitlams have recorded. But even it sounds fuzzy, another victim of that overproduction (those overdubbed backing vocals are there, too). There is a beauty to hard edges, and it's a shame the Whitlams have lost that.

another high quality album

This is yet another great album by the Whitlams - like all of their previous songs, each track is quite musically complex and takes a few listens to fully appreciate. They get better with time! From fun, party songs to sombre, beautiful melodious songs, this album is very diverse. The lyrics are great, and it's cool that there are 16 tracks too..I recommend to anyone who appreciates real, Australian music! Give it a go..


Formed: 1991

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s

Named after former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, The Whitlams became one of Australia's more successful alternative acts of the late 1990s with their piano-driven pop. Forming in Sydney, Australia in 1991, The Whitlams was originally a side project for local musicians Stevie Plunder (born Anthony Hayes in 1963) and Tim Freedman (b 1964), who had also worked with, among others, The Hummingbirds and The Sunnyboys. Going through a number of lineup changes throughout the 1990s, it was...
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop
  • Released: 20 March 2006

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