by CHRISTINA MAMMONE
Calling All Cars return to the Australian music scene with their second studio album, Dancing With A Dead Man.
It is a strong second album, with songs full of life that listeners can’t help but get drawn into.
Opening with Redline this album throws listeners into the heart of Calling All Cars definitive sound. Every song on the eleven track album is catchy, layered with enjoyable lyrics and rock infused guitar riffs and, at times, chillingly beautiful harmonies. All the songs are unique and there is never a feeling of déjà vu while listening to the album. A general mix of both fast paced and slow songs showcases Calling All Cars’ diverse song writing abilities.
Hadyn Ing’s husky vocals are perfect for the album giving an edge to sound of the heavier songs while his softer vocal styles give the slow songs a completely different dimension. In particular, the title track of the album Dancing With A Dead Man, Ing’s soft vocals give the song a hauntingly beautiful sound.
Overall the general sound of the album is amazing, showing how the band has grown and become more confident in their musical abilities. The trio again worked with Melbourne producer Tom Larkin, who produced their debut album last year, Hold Hold Fire. This album is tight and refined, confirming the sound and style of the band, rather than helping them find their feet like the first album.
This album is a true testament to the Melbourne trio and their potential, showcasing their ability to produce an enjoyable album from start to finish.
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