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State, The - 1988 Elementary

ARTIST: State, The
ALBUM: Elementary
YEAR: 1988


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

TRACK LISTING: 01 Responsible * 02 Elementary * 03 So Lonely Now * 04 Real Love * 05 Someday * 06 That's Not My Life * 07 One Step * 08 Your Eyes * 09 Same Old Story * 10 Make A Move

About as rare as rockinghorse droppings is this album by The State. These guys are the pre-cursor to the Aussie wonders that became Southern Sons, the only difference being is that Jack Jones had not joined the fold at this early stage. All the members had starts in small time Melbourne bands during the eighties, and during this period Melbourne was an active melodic rock community giving rise to many acts. There's plenty of hi-tech poppy AOR on this album, not too far removed from the likes of The Outfield, Mr Mister and the John Farnham era of LRB as well as his solo stuff. Pretty incestuous sounding if you ask me, but I love it and those into this style of melodic rock will too!

The Songs
It's hard to find a bad song on 'Elementary'. It's a solid consistent effort and Phil Buckle's vocals are at times a dead ringer for The Outfield's singer/bassist Tony Lewis. Listen to 'Real Love' and you'll hear what I mean. The track 'So Lonely Now' could be a John Farnham 'Whispering Jack' out-take, such is the uncanny similarity. Pulsing AOR makes itself evident on the tracks 'Responsible', 'One Step' and the impressive 'Same Old Story'. Slick guitar runs and solos from Phil Buckle fill out the songs and you can definitely see the future birth and direction of Southern Sons stemming from this one album.

In Summary
For those who loved Southern Sons material, as well as any of the excellent Aussie AOR acts, then this one is a compulsory addition to your collection.

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