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Geoff Horne - Album Review: Love Only You

17 Jul 2018 // A review by Tori Reed
Geoff Horne's album, Love Only You starts solidly. It takes you back to a time (if you're old enough, which I, unfortunately, am) of heavy guitar riffs, simple 4/4 beats and obvious transitions. Hot, humid days, broken by summer rains. The smell of steaming tarmac, damp earth and the sight of big hair, tutus and boldly coloured jumpsuits. The first two tracks, if they haven't already, should be added to the movie library. You can see the wistful moves of a slim, pretty actress with permed hair. The colour of her headband and the long frame, dust tinged, moody shots.

After the first two tracks, things take a left turn. It's not that Watchyaback Cat is necessarily a bad song, it's just that the running list here becomes abrupt, and fails to make much sense. Track 3, and 6, would fit better on stage than screen, and perhaps there is a library for such music. That part I'm afraid I don't know.

Wet Seat that follows, frankly, should be on a separate album. Along with The Wombat Song, Kellie Don't Like the Bumps, Karangahape Road and 1969. They have little in common with the other songs and are a jolt out of the mood that had been set.

I assume the idea in the song list was to portray a variety of styles. Or perhaps it's as simple as these are the sum total of Geoff's songs. But there is no theme to the album and the transition between songs is, at times, awkward and uncomfortable. Some of the songs are good, and I can see Geoff going down well in the right setting, with a crowd consisting of a certain demographic. The songs are of a time. That time, for me, hasn't aged well. Having said that; Geoff has a clear, bold voice, the recording quality is good, the balance between instruments is absolutely listenable. Give him a go, because, maybe, that era is yours too.

Review written by Tori Reed

About Geoff Horne

Auckland based musician Geoff Horne has been playing and singing since he was seven. He was born in Britain but refers to himself as ‘NZ bred’. His parents started him off with piano lessons when he was younger, then he found his way to the guitar a little later, after being impressed by the ‘twang’ of the electric guitar sound which captured his imagination whilst watching a high school band play George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord when he was eleven.

Geoff is currently working on his first album of original songs, after many years of experience playing in bands and performing as a solo artist. Having worked in Australia, the UK and USA he is certainly well traveled.

A highlight in Geoff’s musical journey would have to be when he performed with the Doobie Brothers in 2011 at their concert at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Geoff Horne


Love Only You
Year: 2017
Type: Album

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