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Tim Allen - Album Review: The Last Bastion of A Lad

10 May 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser

‘Lad’ culture has its roots in Northern England, just like recently transplanted musician Tim Allen.

The Last Bastion of A Lad is the sophomore album from now New Zealand resident Tim Allen, and he’s got some high-calibre Kiwi musicians on board.

The album opens up with the confessional Different Shore with the fitting lyric "my heart beats on a different shore".

By the end of the repeating last chorus of Get Out Clause, Tim’s northern soul is obvious.

A couple of songs later in and Won’t Let You Win has a wonderful nod to The Beatles with a descending bass line which sounds as though it has been lifted from the fab-four’s playbook.

Loneliness has Tim at the top of his vocal range. It's a sad sounding acoustic ballad, but it has a brilliant line, "I bought the last ticket, and found out it was fake."

One Door Closes is next, and it's the upswing of the down pendulum, following on from Loneliness well, until his spoken word phrase. I don’t think it worked, but that’s just me.

The album’s closer Joan Don’t Go is a great tale of loss, with a playful middle 8 so fat it might as well be a middle 16.

The Last Bastion of A Lad is produced by Ben King and engineered by both King and Nick Abbott, and features some of New Zealand’s finest musicians including Milan Borich (Pluto), Matthias Jordan (Pluto, Nightchoir), plus appearances by Dominic Blaazer, Toni Randle (Eyreton Hall) and Callum Passells.

This album is set to receive critical acclaim, and deservedly so.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Tim Allen

Tim Allen is a Singer/Songwriter from Preston Lancashire now residing in NZ. He has performed all over the word in different guises. It all started in the North west of England playing many shows in Legendary venues such as The Cavern Club, Manchester’s Night and day and Academy and a slot at Leeds festival with The Little Kings.

Tim has also released two singles with Kiwi band Stormporter and most recently has been on three international tours of south east Asia playing, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Philippines (supporting Franco at their sold out show) with NZ band Hangar 18 which saw the band sign a 15 country wide deal with MCA music (universal music Philippines). Hangar 18 also toured the whole of NZ and played to 4000 people on New Year's Eve 2018 as part of the Marlborough ignites festival in Picton.

As a solo artist Tim has released two EP’s, Nowhere to Go (2008 self-released) and Wandering (2009 The Animal Farm), and a full length album It's All About Time (2013 Sometime Records) which was produced by Alan Gregson (Cornershop). Tim is currently recording his second full Length album in NZ with his band and local legend Nick Abbott (Pluto, Goldenhorse, Crowded House, Bic Runga) whose recording, mixing or production credits are far too many to mention.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Tim Allen

Releases

The Last Bastion of A Lad
Year: 2020
Type: Album

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