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Are You Lookin' At Me?

Colin Hay

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Album Review

Colin Hay wrote and recorded steadily since his departure from Men at Work in the mid-'80s, but he never quite managed to break out of cult status. He good-naturally resurfaced in sitcoms and videos of covers of Men at Work tunes, so he never totally disappeared from pop culture consciousness, but his albums appealed to an ever-more selective audience as he released them independently throughout the '90s. Released in the spring of 2007, Are You Lookin' at Me? is his ninth solo album, but there is a difference in his approach on this record. Here, he sounds relaxed, comfortable with his status as a cult singer/songwriter, so he's not trying to have hits or sound hip, he's simply lying back and writing songs that are wry, easy, and quite charming. There are some echoes of mortality that ring throughout this record — from the title track, which looks back at his childhood, to passing references to death, or even his acknowledgement that he doesn't think there are better days to come on "Land of the Midnight Sun" — but this is hardly a dour, depressive album. It's the opposite: it's warm and witty, tuneful and engaging. Even when he's mining a sad vein, he tempers it with his mildly cynical humor, which gives this a distinct lyrical world view, but what really sets Are You Lookin' at Me? apart from his other solo albums is that it gels as a singer/songwriter album. He's no longer trying too hard to be either commercial or introspective; he's letting his music flow easily, and supported by a very good road band, it makes for his best solo album to date.

Customer Reviews

Are You Listening To This ?

If not , you should be ! In an ideal world the title track would be a hit , but in this day and age it hasn't a chance in hell ! Buy this album if you enjoy great songwriting , great vocals and well realised arrangements and support a songwriter who deserves far more attention. Might be an idea to send a copy to James Blunt and co to let them see how it should be done !

Absolute Hero

This man is an absolute genius, breaks my wee heart that it took a few appearances on Scrubs for a wider audience to discover him, as he is to my itunes library as what Chris Hoy is to indoor cycling. Some of his songs are beautiful, you just won't find anything like it in the charts. Scotland's best kept secret.

First class

Words cannot express how fantastic this album is. Clever lyrics, catchy tunes and pure Colin Hay genius by the bucketload. Buy it!

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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