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Phil and Lana Doublet - Album Review: Play Nice

12 Jul 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser

Multi award winning Christchurch based musicians Phil and Lana Doublet have teamed up to write, record, and release the stunning album Play Nice.

The pair wrote all but one of the songs on the album. The Key was written by Lana Doublet and Renee Mcalpin.

The Doublets are a tight unit, writing and playing some of the sweetest Country tunes in Aotearoa.

The opening track My Old Man No More seems to be a break-up song where the female protagonist is not that sad to see the back of a partner, and kind of hopes his new woman makes a fool of him.

Track two is titled Dear No-one and it sounds like a call into the wind; someone asking the universe for help.

The title track Play Nice is a definite single which sounds as fresh as anything coming out of Nashville or Tamworth.

Phil only takes the vocal lead on a couple of tracks; Movin' On and Where Is The Good In Goodbye? While I love Lana’s voice, it’s a nice change to have Phil take the lead.

The musicianship on Play Nice is top shelf and simply wonderful. Here’s the cast of characters Paddy Long - Pedal Steel Guitar, Jeremy Brownbrooke - Fiddle and Mandolin, Lana Doublet - Vocals, Brushed Snare and Percussion and Phil Doublet - everything else.

The production is really polished, recorded by Phil and Lana at their place, then mixed by Matt Fell and mastered by Michael Carpenter at Love Hz in Australia.

Play Nice should definitely be a contender for NZ's Country Album of the Year.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Phil and Lana Doublet

Lana had always had a love of music and storytelling but it wasn't until she was introduced to the Country Music scene after meeting her husband Phil that she was able to combine the two. While living in Australia, She wrote her first song but didn't pursue it any further until returning 'home' to NZ. Lana has won a number of awards over the past 3 or 4 years, most noteably Runner-up at the MLT Songwriting in Gore 2016 then a top 10 finalist again in 2017 with two songs, including a co-write with her husband, Phil. She has also won the NZCMA Songwriter of the Year in 2015, 2016 and again for the hat trick in October 2017.

Lana’s debut EP Beautiful Human and was a finalist for Best Country Artist 2018 award.

Phil is a multi award-winning artist/musician and is no stranger to the music scene for just over 3 decades. He has been playing in bands since the tender age of 11 and became sort after as a session player and of late. Produced for recording projects from Europe, U.S.A, Australia and New Zealand. Not to mention as a solo performer, Phil has two charted albums to his credit. Stone and Wood and was a finalist for Recorded music NZ best country album of the year 2017 and finalist at the VFNZ music awards best country artist 2017 for his second album Endless Highway. His third album Strength, Love, Music & Light went to #1 on the IMNZ charts with two #1 singles Prayin’ For Rain and Suitcase.

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