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Album Review

Chris Knox's ever-productive career shows no signs of slowing down with Beat, just over 70 minutes (counting some silence and a wiggy bonus track) of his own merrily tweaked take on psych-pop and rock, glowing with all the warm and rough energy that's made him a deserved legend. That the album starts with "It's Love" — perhaps not as scintillating as "Not Taken Lightly," but no less affecting in its sentiments and armed with a killer piano party — sets the tone for the rest of the album. It's not that he's not avoiding other sentiments, to be sure — one of the album's subtitles is "the hopeful heart of rage," and while Beat hardly drips with anger, it does have feistiness in spades. "Ghost," the brilliant, energetic rocker that nearly closes the album, details a lingering spirit that's sharp, evil, and in the end all too human. Love itself gets a raking over the coals — at least in terms of the commercialized and fetishized sense — with "What Do We Do With Love?" a sprightly and ever more fleshed out arrangement, and Knox's wry singing combining just so. Knox's gift for doing what he wants just how he wants it is everywhere, whether it's with the giddy waltz swing of "The Man in the Crowd," the witty and distinctly unfunereal-sounding "When I Have Left This Mortal Coil," and the slow-building crawl from pulsing bass to wistful country-rock meditation "Becoming Something Other." Some tracks really show his roots with affection — "My Only Friend" in particular has a harmonized mid-song break that's pure Beatles (and could easily rival it). The Salvation Army Horns (aka Neill Duncan and Kingsley Melhuish) add some peppy arrangements at points, but otherwise it's just Knox and his abilities on display, and once again he does the business.

Customer Reviews

Alright ...Well done chris.

I hope you are scoring beer for life with your new Heineken commercial. Right on. If that is how you found this review please click a positive review/

heard on hieneken agvert

i heard your song 'its love' on the advert and liked it so much i bought it

Yep Me Too.....

Dude....saw the commercial....loved the tune.....had to download!!!! I hope you blow up Chris!


Born: September 2, 1952 in Invercargill, New Zealand

Genre: Alternative

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

Possibly the most important figure in New Zealand alternative/indie/post-punk rock, Chris Knox has been an integral figure of three of the country's more important rock bands (Tall Dwarfs, Toy Love, the Enemy), as well as recording prolifically as a solo artist. He sang with one of the country's very first punk acts, the Enemy, in the late '70s. The Enemy didn't record, but his next group, the more new wave-poppish Toy Love, had hit singles in New Zealand. However, they broke up in 1980 after an...
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