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Havilah Import


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Havilah, like everything The Drones have done, is an album of contradictions, where bombast meets beauty, melancholy wrestles with violent guitars and singer Liddiard's incendiary voice lights up his angular poetry. It's an album that's brimful of the innovation and artistic integrity that has made The Drones one of Australian rock's most critically acclaimed acts here and overseas during the past four years.

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  • Audio CD (September 23, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B001FN4EHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,629,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on June 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard the Drones was not an auspicious start. A singer belting out a cover of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" in an Australian accent which frankly showed no signs or desire to ever be in tune. It was punctuated by bouts of such mental guitar solos that a straightjacket awaited. That said there must have been something about it that struck a chord even today in a hilarious way it was strangely compelling. When next I heard the Drones and the anthem "Shark Fin Blues" I was hooked (sic). Since then other songs like the fiery Dekalb Blues and River of Tears have been in the CD so much they ought to play rent.

I must admit with the terrific exception of Nick Cave and the greatly underrated "Triffids" bands from Oz usually having me running for the door (with apologies to our colonial cousins). Think Midnight Oil, Icehouse, the Little River band all of whom were crimes perpetrated on humanity. The Vines were great but after "Highly Evolved" completely imploded (Nirvana could have litigated if truth be told)

The Drones might well be the real thing. They certainly are one of the filthiest, dirtiest and raw rock bands since Captain Beefheart or the Stones. Kings of Leon should listen to Halivah it might get then back on track from becoming U2 with a southern twang. Take the first track "Nail it Down". Its starts with a guitar coda which develops over nearly seven minutes. Verses are spit out in the Oz accent by lead singer/guitarist Gareth Liddiard in a hymn to tough love as he warns that

"All storms still stir
Behind a big sea wall
What's the point of something that you can't recall?
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By Tex: Innocent on March 13, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The Drones are one of the best Australian bands of all time whether adjudged by live performance, quality of output or artistic scope. As mentioned by many others I'm sure, Gareth Liddiard is the best lyricist in the world right now and that's an argument difficult to counter. International listeners may be somewhat inhibited by an insufficient grasp of modern Australian history but that's all part of the ride (and we've all endured endless cultural/historic references from US & UK bands for decades, so it's fair play really). For anyone interested in legitimately great oz bands, try all Drones records (perhaps not their debut), Augie March, Dirty Three, The Gin Club, Boomgates, Lower Plenty, 'Born Sandy Devotional', Waterford, You Am I, Beats of Bourbon, Spencer P Jones' solo output, The Burning 2-Horse, AgFest, Snowman, the first Sleepy Jackson record (Lovers), Radio Birdman, The Hard-ons, Something for Kate, Tumbleweed and whoever else doesn't hurt the big island as badly as Jet and INXS did.
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Havilah is arguably the most mature and well-rounded offering from The Drones thus far. It combines incendiary guitar based rockers with thoughtful, circumspect acoustic numbers in fairly equal measure, and finishes off with a surprising, and surprisingly delightful, folky, Dylanesque tune "Your Acting's Like The End Of The World". But the stand out track from Havilah, and for me the best song The Drones have ever released, is the mid-tempo electric ballad "I Am The Supercargo". This haunting, melancholic odyssey is reason enough alone to get this album. When the song emerges from the extended bridge and explodes into shards of feedback, is still sends a shiver down my spine everytime I listen to it. In an age when popular music has increasingly become an ephemeral musical confection for 16 year olds, The Drones, like Radiohead and Arcade Fire, produce something rare and cherishable: music for adults.
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The perfect album is impossible, but this is the closest I can imagine anything coming for a long time. The band's lyricism has taken a huge step from their previous effort, the Gala Mill, and the sound is somewhat cleaner with Dan Luscombe on guitars, but still heavier and louder than any other band when required. There is also a softer tone to some songs, such as the Drifting Housewife and Penumbra, which is a refreshing juxtaposition to the intense, both sonically and lyrically, the Minotaur and Luck in Odd numbers. The lyrical content incledes lamentations on mankinds faults; climate change, greed, infidelity, to the historically obscure; the moon landing early Australian gold prospectors. All of this makes for the most engaging and entertaining album from any band, anywhere, in a long time.
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