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Down Under Make a Little Noise compilation review

Here’s a little something from our Australian label, Code One. From the Aussie version of Rolling Stone magazine… Hmmm, how come we don’t have our own version in Canuckland?

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE (AUSTRALIA)

Joel Plaskett Emergency – Make a Little Noise – MGM – ***1/2

Australia-only collection from varied Canadian songwriter

Inside the cover of this compilation is a note from Joel Plaskett expressing his gratitude for the openness of Australian audiences and the kinship he feels with us fellow members of the Commonwealth. It’s a rare but telling personal touch from this relentlessly touring Canadian: his songs are crafted with the same thoughtful and genuine spirit – if not always outstanding, they’re never less than honest and open.

This isn’t maudlin, edge-of-the-bed singer-songwriter stuff: the “Emergency� of the title signifies the band in Plaskett’s various musical guises (he recently toured Australia with them and Augie March after an earlier, epistle-inspiring solo tour). Songs like “Maybe We Should Just Go Home� and “True Patriot Love� are brilliant guitar-pop tracks, instilled with the spirit of Big Star, the Lemonheads and early Cheap Trick. This Oz-only disc compiles songs from Plaskett’s Canadian releases, providing a pocket guide to his solo and band work.

Ben Gook

Thank you very much, Ben!