Peter Garrett – Tall Trees
If you to ask Peter Garrett in your best Queen Elizabeth Voice,
“So exactly where is one Peter”?
He would reply, “I’m back”.
Firstly this isn’t Midnight Oil and it would be a pointless exercise
if it was.
This is Peter Garrett and he’s built to last and born to run.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be folk, dreamy hippie
music or pure rock?
Well from the opening bass line, the song marches along and has a
melodic nature with short guitar burst but you can’t help hear a Martin
Rotsey riff underneath that is evident in the well slotted instrumental.
The best part of this song is the lyrics.
Like Mohammed Ali’s punching bag, like Rupert Murdoch’s latest
swag he’s back.
Where the song takes a turn is after he does some desert time to slow
down his then caught a wave to carry him back although to me the word
back could be easily replaced with home.
There is a certain power and passion in the last “I’m Back” in the song.
It has some growl to it and you can tell it has meaning, almost showing
a clarity in his mind that he is back where a musician needs to be,
The second song from the album, “Great White Shark” is made from the
bones of an old Oils idea and you get the feeling it has an activist angle
with the lines like, “The great white shark has got no feelings, the dolphin
is different, intentional innocence”.
Looking at the culling in Western Australia of Great White Shark, it
shows Garrett is still in touch with what’s going on around him.
Garrett heads out on the road with a great band to play live sets and I for
one will be rocking up to Belmont 16 Footers on the 12th August to hear
the album live.
Foxtel music channel Music Max will premier the the behind the
scenes doco on July 12th, which show the making of the album and
will contain some ideas on future projects.