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Australian musician Xavier Rudd has built a career sounding like Paul Simon, Jack Johnson, and Ben Harper (mixed with a dash of rum and coke). Rudd goes darker, harder, and more psychedelic on his fifth studio album and it pays off handsomely, with a richly textured collection of songs that both lull and stimulate. The beautiful tracks “Hope That You’ll Stay” and “Home” retain the comfy, folky, introspective feel of Rudd’s earlier outings, while the single, “The World As We Know It” cranks out distortion filled, full-blown rock energy — it’s Pearl Jam meets Lenny Kravitz. “Black Water” opens with a spacey, guitar-meets-didgeridoos sequence, full of exotic flavors and enticing rhythms, and slides seamlessly into the title track, which morphs in and out of restrained, sensual Hendrix-styled guitar play and full-bodied, blues-fueled, psych rock. Tracks like “Secrets” and “Edge of the Moon” follow the languid footsteps of “Black Water,” while “Up in Flames” sounds like Rudd recently discovered how to really make his guitar howl. Throughout, various percussion instruments and the steady pulse of standard drums play a key role, but on “Flames” they are the very heart of the song, coaxing the fury out of Rudd’s fretwork. It’s a marvelous song, and a revelatory album.

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Excellent Album. Combines all of Xavier's different sounds and he also found ways to make hard guitars sound soft when appropriate and hard when they were meant to be hard. I love the song Uncle, it is complex, aggresive, and deep. Overall, I feel this may be some of Xavier's best work and I can't wait to see how these songs turn out live. Buy this album!

Xavier's Masterpiece

This album is Xavier Rudd's darkest to date and definite masterpiece. brooding tribal intro's and plenty of didgeroo leaving the listener wanting more!


modestmousey did you even buy the album because this one has more didge than solace and white moth combined. and why are some of you hating on xavier for putting out an artistic album rather than sticking with the poppy direction he was taking us down with white moth? I felt like I was listening to jack johnson with that album at least on this one he brings back his original style from solace and his earlier days.


Born: May 29, 1978 in Victoria, Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Like Jack Johnson, independent Australian musician Xavier Rudd combines a love of surfing with a love of roots music. Like Ben Harper, he plays Weissenborn lap steel guitars. Utterly unlike both of those musicians, however, he has a unique setup. Rudd is a one-man band who plays surrounded by instruments in a complicated array: typically, he has three didgeridoos placed in front of him on a stand, a guitar on his lap, a stomp box by his habitually bare feet, and an assortment of drums, banjos, harmonicas,...
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