RICHARD CLAPTON – THE HOUSE OF ORANGE (2016)
Release Date: 8th April 2016
℗ 2016 MGM Distribution
- Something About You
- Here Inside of Me
- Stay With Me
- Carry Me Home
- Liberty Bell
- Shine A Light
- Strings and Wood
- Some Sunny Day
- Steppin’ Across the Line
- Real Life
- Keep Your Blue Eyes Wide Open
- Hearts on the Nightline
This albums namesake has obviously had an profound effect on our home grown musical icon during the production of his 20th album. The harmonic history that must have oozed from the very walls of the structure have evidently created the perfect retreat for Richard, allowing him to assemble The House Of Orange. A collection of contemporary tales, but one and all interspersed with his tremendous musical skill and experience, fittingly resulting in his very finest work. This is a truly sensational musical journey. One that will fill loyal followers with a feeling of profound pride and vindication, but also sure to attract a new generation of fans to musical finery.
The tracks contained within this collection are literally littered with reminders of the Richard Clapton rich history we enjoy in Australia, and after 20 albums, an appropriate aide-mémoire of the impact he has had upon our lives.
Something About You opens the collection in absolute rock fun perfection, typical of this tremendous man of musical creation, albeit joined this time by long-time friend and fellow Aussie Mark Moffatt. Can we still call you that after 20 years away Mark? I certainly hope that we here in Australia can still lay claim to a producer and musical protagonist of such mastery.
Here Inside Of Me is bursting at the seams with that archetypical Nashville branding, but the moment Richard lays down the vocal regalia to the music, he makes it all his own. This track demonstrates the exact qualities that has been the influence for so many musicians, musically, lyrically and vocally. Just superb.
Stay With Me highlights that uniquely Clapton bluesy influence right down to the dashes of husky delivery we have enjoyed for so very long. Slow, wistful and melancholic. Just the way we like it.
Carry Me Home alters the pace yet again and is sweetly demonstrative of the musical diversity celebrated over an astounding career that began from a solo recording perspective with Prussian Blue back in 1973.
Liberty Bell carries all the American musical influence you would expect for a track carrying such an august title and the lyrical content of empowerment synonymous with its namesake. Musically this track is astounding. The slide guitar accompanied so sensationally, acoustically, electrically and percussively. I promise you will get more from this sensational track each and every time you hear it.
Shine A Light is a tremendously emotional dissertation with vocal and incredible vocal and musical hooks scattered throughout so carefully that you will have remarkable difficulty moving on without a subsequent listen. A brilliant mid collection reminder that this is indeed, the culmination of an astounding career re-experienced in an assembly of majestic tracks, his finest, that will be difficult to ever better.
Strings And Wood is such an apt title to a track so very organic in musical nature, just before Some Sunny Day will send your heart soaring either by the content, or the familiar notes of yesteryear sung to perfection by Richard. The references to his past catalogue will only be limited by the nuances of your listening mood, as Richard shares his incredible ability to influence your life with his music…then and now.
The influence of Nashville surroundings continues through this brilliant homogenisation of his long serving creativity and then Keep Your Blue Eyes Wide Open provides a distinct rock edge, tantamount to as much a classic as ever before from Richard. Bravura. Try as you may, you will not get this one out of your head for days.
Hearts On The Nightline is a tremendous way to finish this brilliant album, oozing with the sounds of Nashville and synonymous with the creativity of Richard Clapton.
This collection is a brilliant example of the culmination of a man’s vast musical experience and excellence rolled into a flavoursome blending of Oz meets Nashville. Just sensational.