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Icehouse's most successful album, Man of Colours was a huge hit in Australia, along with its accompanying singles, yet it really is no great shakes.

"Crazy" and "Electric Blue" set things going, demonstrating Iva Davies' knack for melody (when he puts his mind to it) and streamlined production, before "Nothing Too Serious" gives it a rockier edge, and then the dreamy, haunting ballad "Man of Colours" slows things down.

However, what follows is pretty much a repeat of all that, minus the ballad. Nearly all the other songs are steady pop, following the same pattern of calm verses, before the predictable, louder choruses, interrupted by "Anybody's War", which is the "Nothing Too Serious" of the second side.

That's not to say that the latter songs are particularly worse than the first, rather that, by the time we get to them, the format has been well and truly worn out. Indeed, if you played the album the other way around, it would probably be the Side One songs that got tiresome. Davies' writing just seems to be in auto mode.

The material's all very well played, and Iva's voice is as lovely as ever, but Man of Colours is certainly not the best album to be released under the Icehouse banner. True, the band never really offered great variety from one album to the next anyway, but this one in particular is decent, routine, and, if it wasn't for the singles which are still played on Australian radio from time to time, quite forgettable.

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by Reviewer: The Doctor

Posted: Saturday 19th Jan 2019 2:24 PM
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DCS aren't shy when it comes to announcing their pedigree. Luckily both the BBC's Asian Network and the rest of its UK audience probably agree: they are the single best live Bhangra experience currently on offer, and this treat of a live CD and DVD demonstrates why.

Collecting together a judicious selection of DCS' considerable back catalogue, The Live Session concentrates on one aspect above all others: the band's singular ability to make you have a good time.

To focus on the live talents of the band is a clever move. Let's face it, the UK Bhangra scene isn't short of stars, so this album is more an advert for the band's live performances rather than for encouraging the listener to party on down in their living room.

The eight piece band - having won awards since their inception in 1983 - has only three original members left, including the 'S' of DCS: Shin. But their sound remains as vibrant as ever - their primarily Punjabi blend of Dhol and synths (they were one of the first acts to introduce electronics to the mix) combined with eye-popping moves is irresistible.

Once sampled, you'll be wanting more ...

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by Reviewer: BBC Music

Posted: Sunday 20th Jan 2019 11:48 AM
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