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Album Review

By this, his 11th solo album, Colin Hay’s records are as comfortable as a pair of old shoes that have held up for so many years you’ve forgotten when you purchased them. Naturally, that speaks to the cozy comfort of the fit, but it also speaks to the craft: Hay may not tread new ground but his compositions are so simple and sturdily constructed they’re easy to take for granted. That’s especially true on Gathering Mercury, which unfolds at an unhurried pace, the tempos never rushing, the dynamics never getting heated. Although it’s a full production with electric guitars, pianos, backing voices, and drums, it leaves the impression of an intimate acoustic performance, partially because the songs are so casually lyrical in their description of the everyday. Hay doesn’t make the kind of records that call attention to themselves — they’re reflections of his offhand charm — but a close listen to Gathering Mercury does reveal that there’s a lot of thought behind what seems so easy.

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Rab4782

Absolutely brilliant. Colin Hay is a musical genius and a master songwriter. Buy this album!

Biography

Born: 29 June 1953 in Kilwinning, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the singer, guitarist, and main songwriter of Australia's Men at Work, Colin Hay was responsible for penning several of the quirkiest pop hits of the early '80s. Although he and his former band will forever be associated with "the land down under," Hay originally hailed from Scotland, where he was born in the town of Kilwinning on June 29, 1953. Hay relocated to Australia in 1967, by which time he had begun playing guitar and singing. Although the country is probably best known for spawning hard...
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