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Bigstorm - 1989 Living In Exile



ARTIST: Bigstorm
ALBUM: Living In Exile
LABEL: Sire
SERIAL: 256 159-1
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Stewart D'Arrietta - vocals, keyboards * Bjarne Ohlin - guitars * Don Miller-Robinson - guitars, bass, vocals * Huey Benjamin - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Look Down * 02 Rubber Love * 03 Monster Of A Love * 04 Once In Bed * 05 Not Guilty * 06 Happy New Year * 07 Take It Back * 08 Difficult Times For The Princes * 09 Beware Of The Cure * 10 Love On The Telephone * 11 Flying


Background
Another Australian outfit from Sydney with a very classy melodic rock album. As the name implies, they do have a big sound, which combines elements of bands such as The Believers, Mike And The Mechanics, and perhaps fellow Aussies INXS and Noiseworks, the latter band especially from their 'Touch' era. All of these guys are fairly well known in Australian music circles, D'Arrietta is a very active composer and is involved in theater work in Sydney. He was also a member of the band The New Republic, and released a solo album called 'Side Effects' back in 1985. Ohlin was previously with The Divinyls and spent many years with them and has also done some minor theater work, while album producer and band member Don Miller-Robinson has spent many years in different lineups and like D'Arrietta has a history as a composer/producer. And to top it off, drummer Huey Benjamin was previously with Australia's top indigenous rock band Yothu Yindi. So, all in all, a talented lineup with an extensive history outside of the traditional rock medium. So, one can only postulate what bought them together. Perhaps a genuine synchronicity of their collective talents expressed in a musical forum? Whatever is the case, there are some interesting songs onboard, and for the sole album that they released, they've left us with a reminder of their talent. Their label Sire was a strange choice, not exactly known for signing Aussie acts, considering that their biggest artist was Madonna.


The Songs
Anyhow, the album gets off to a great start with the booming 'Don't Look Down' with some awesome keyboards and strutting guitar lines from Ohlin and Miller-Robinson. 'Rubber Love' is as energetic as the title suggests, and also appeared on the soundtrack to the movie 'The Big Steal' (1990). Another cool song is the dark city atmospherics of 'Love On The Telephone'. The vocals of D'Arrietta have a very coarse edge to it, and does take some getting used to, even on their moodier moments such a 'Monster Of A Love' (interesting title) and 'Happy New Year'. 'Not Guilty' is another track which works up a sweat, as does 'Take It Back'. On some of the tracks they get a little obtuse I feel, like 'Difficult Time For The Princes' (lyrically what is this all about guys? Ed), and 'Beware Of The Cure'. The last track though called 'Flying' is a majestic piece, and brings to a close an interesting melodic rock album.


In Summary
Seems the guys are still active in various musical projects throughout Australia, though nothing as melodic as their efforts with this one and only Bigstorm album..


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#1 | super80boy on April 24 2014 16:42:30
Bigstorm remind me (especially the vocalist) of the Irish band The Fountainhead. A big crooning vocalist at the helm coupled with sweeping arena rock melodies. While there are no single song standouts, this one off album does provide a satisfying listen.
 
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