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Overnight Success

Dave Dobbyn

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Album Review

Of two Dobbyn retrospectives, the earlier collection spans as far as Loyal, while Overnight continues to 1998's Islander. Neither are perfect, but this is the better of the two. Kicking off with an emphatic reworking of "Be Mine Tonight," after which anything would seem lightweight, rocker "Devil You Know" is cumbersome by comparison. The next few tracks have dated badly, should not have been included, and are best skipped to "Slice of Heaven" and "Loyal," both voted Top Ten New Zealand songs of all time. There's a run of songs in the same key which make Overnight Success drag. The album is worthy mention for inclusion of "Love You Like I Should" and the beauties "Language" and "Madeleine Avenue."

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Dave Dobbyn was one of the New Zealand pop scene's most popular and respected figures, enjoying success that spanned several decades. He first surfaced in mid-1976 as a founding member of Th' Dudes, one of the country's biggest bands of the era; Dobbyn was widely tapped as their breakout star, earning recognition for writing and singing their biggest hit, "Be Mine Tonight." Critical backlash, combined with drug and alcohol problems, ensured that Th' Dudes' success was short-lived, and following the...
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