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bridie o'brien / Press

"The two can conjure moments of still and whispered intimacy, such as the lovely ‘New Year’s Day’ and the acoustic miniature ‘Too Small to Be a Boat’ (one of two instrumentals here). They can chug as well, with a decisively propelled groove – the country honk ‘Dead or Alive’ (faintly reminiscent of Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ in mood and country greens and browns) is a gas. And they can wail, sounding much bigger than two (even with overdubbing), as on the night dark Neil Youngish ‘Lonely’. But whatever the mood or colour of the song, it is the directness and unfettered power of one (or two) musician’s mojo that really works here. It also helps that the songs are so strong."

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