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Little River Band (LRB) - 2004 Test Of Time

ARTIST: Little River Band (LRB)
ALBUM: Test Of Time
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2004


LINEUP: Wayne Nelson - vocals, bass * Steve Housden - guitars * Greg Hind - guitars * Glenn Reither - keyboards, guitars, sax * Kevin Murphy - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Long Goodbye * 02 Should I Go * 03 Back In Your Arms * 04 Old Money * 05 Hold On * 06 Enlighten Me * 07 Forever Now * 08 Can't Get Your Outta My Heart * 09 I've Met Love Before * 10 I'm Waiting * 11 There's A Bus Leaving


Here is a band that has indeed stood the test of time. Aussie wonders Little River Band (aka LRB) have travelled the world over, and released countless albums over the years. By 2004, the band had reduced to a handful of recognisable names - primarily singer/bassist Wayne Nelson and guitarist Steve Housden, who have been with the band on/off since the early 80's. No big name label either, 'Test Of Time' is a private release which it seems is more at home in the USA rather than Australia, where the band do a heap of performances. The album is very unplugged by nature, though Housden does add the electrics like a good sparky should. The vocal harmonies tip this into new country territory, though a closer inspection would see a duo of LRB and Poco team up quite well at an outdoor festival somewhere.

The Songs
That comparison hits home immediately on 'The Long Goodbye', a song about a trashed relationship. 'Should I Go' is similarly inclined to talk about failed relationships. Hey, whats going on here? Do these guys need to go and see a shrink or something? 'Old Money' is a cranky rabble rouser by comparison, but the next track 'Hold On' dissipates any momentum built up with the previous track as it is a down-tempo ballad. The band even do an acoustic rendition of that Cold Chisel staple 'Forever Now'. A bit different without the Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss tandem in operation but a lovely listen nonetheless. 'I've Met Love Before' has a country flavour to it, though still retaining the LRB modus operandi. Taking the feelgood approach similar to Bruce Hornsby is 'I'm Waiting', it's followed by the smooth soundtrack-like 'There's A Bus Leaving'.. a contender for the late nite coffee accompaniment.

In Summary
'Test Of Time' is probably not the AOR signature you would have heard from past years. It is as far removed from 'Playin' To Win' as Dick Cheney is of being an honest businessman. Unilke Cheney, this latest LRB offering is still very digestible, but I would hasten to add that it would hold little appeal to the tried and true AORster regulars here at this site, looking for a bit more action and bite. One for the LRB fanbase I would suggest.

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