07 September 2011

Review: The Adults 'The Adults'

The Adults

"Delicately pretty". Not words usually associated with Jon Toogood's band Shihad; but on what is effectively the whippet-thin frontman's debut solo album he has embraced them - and the spirit of collaboration, surrounding himself with some of New Zealand's finest songwriters and musicians: Ladi 6 (who provides vocals for album highlight 'Nothing To Lose'), Anika Moa, Julia Deans, Shayne Carter, Tiki Taane, Riki Gooch and plenty more besides. While calling the assemblage The Adults might be a less-than-subtle indication as to what to expect from the album, the fact is you won't hear this blasting from panel vans and student flats this summer. Yes, there is rock in here, but the diverse selection of styles (proper pop, country, folk and even funk influences) befits the breadth of guests present. Toogood plays ringmaster exceptionally, corralling all of this into an incredibly cohesive whole, which is also a hugely enjoyable listen.

3 and 1/2 stars from 5

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