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Southern Sons - 1990 Southern Sons

ARTIST: Southern Sons
ALBUM: Southern Sons
LABEL: RCA/Wheatley
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Jack Jones - vocals, guitars * Phil Buckle - guitars, vocals * Peter Bowman - guitars, vocals * Geoff Cain - bass * Virgil Donati - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Always And Ever * 02 Which Way * 03 Living This Way * 04 Heart In Danger * 05 Hold Me In Your Arms * 06 Something More * 07 Waiting For That Train * 08 More Than Enough * 09 Hold On The Memory * 10 The World Is Mine * 11 What I See

Seeing as we have two of three Southern Sons reviews here, it's best to finish the trilogy by going back to the start with this Aussie band. Actually, if we did that, then we'd have to start off with the pre-cursor to this band - The State. Oh wait, that's reviewed here too. The State kicked about in Melbourne during the mid 80's, releasing their one-off album called 'Elementary' in 1988. The transition to Southern Sons occurred not long after, but with the addition of lead singer and guitarist Jack Jones (real name Irwin Thomas). Signed to RCA/BMG, the band moved their sound away from The Outfield inclined direction that was evident on 'Elementary' to something more earthy, but still AOR in a sense. Think fellow Aussie muso Rick Price mixed up with a dose of Nelson, but more restrained. The key ingredient to the new sound was the introduction of Jack Jones, a doppelganger for John Farnham

The Songs
Kicking off with 'Always And Ever', their goregous AOR sound on this track holds promise for the rest of the album, though in actuality, they don't quite reach the same level of expectation as consistently as one would like. 'Which Way' comes out of the clouds and exudes an earthy quality about it, whereas 'Living This Way' has a distinctly Aussie flavour to it, not unlike an INXS feel, but with more melody. 'Heart In Danger' was one of their three best remembered songs from this platter. The prominent acoustic/electric mixture is a square off to all things Nelson. 'Hold Me In Your Arms' is another of these heart-rendering ballads that this band were great at. If you loved their classic ballad 'You Were There' from 'Nothing But The Truth', then you'll enjoy this immensely. 'Something More' has a John Farnham like quality to it, understandable considering Jones' similaity to 'Whispering Jack'. 'Waiting For That Train' is a sassy sort of rocker, with a rock/blues tinge, but the highlight is the razor sharp guitar solo toward the end from Jones. 'Hold On To The Memory' is an atmospheric and spatial ballad, whereas 'The World Is Mine' has a Cold Chisel vibe to it, due to Donati's emphasis on percussive elements. The closer 'What I See' winds us down the old country road, with an acoustic/mandolin type thing happening. Again, Jones' vocals steal the show, a sure-fire talent.. it must be said.

In Summary
A good introduction to this Aussie band, but they would find more popularity on their harder edged 'Nothing But The Truth' album two years later. During that two year gap, guitarist Peter Bowman would leave the band, reducing the personnel to four. Read the other reviews elsewhere on this site (see below).

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#1 | englandashes on October 18 2008 10:54:45
My favourite of the Southern Sons output, the song 'Something More' with its lyrical content, is one of these songs, that I always listen too, when you need a kick up the backside.
#2 | gdazegod on April 29 2014 22:41:36
Southern Sons - Waiting For That Train (live)

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