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‘What’s In Your Mind’ Album Reviews

Rip It Up – review by Rob Lyon

The Dwarf.com.au – review by Josh

Rave Magazine – review by Sam Hagaman

The Age – review by Michael Dwyer

Mess + Noise – review by Doug Wallen

Hobart Mercury – review by Niall Seewang:
Former Anyone front man Nick Murphy has gone from strength to strength since pursuing a solo career.  The Melbourne singer songwriter’s second full length record, What’s In Your Mind?, follows on from 2006’s critically acclaimed Breaking The Light, blending harmony-drenched psychedelic country pop, a little electro and simple acoustic guitar driven indie rock in one beautiful package.  Murphy’s intimate, reflective lyrics and subtle, soulful voice perfectly match his music.  The quality and depth of feeling on this record is immediately obvious and grows even more impressive with repeat plays.  This short, sharp gem is surprising in all the right ways, sonically simple yet diverse and beautifully tender.

Inpress, 2/03/2011 – review by Symon JJ Rock:

Since the disbandment of The Anyones in 2005, Nick Murphy has been diligently forging his name as one of Melbourne’s finer exponents of the pop genre.  His growing reputation has come courtesy of his gig regime and via the 2006 release of his critically acclaimed debut album, Breaking The Light.  However, it’s with the second album, What’s In Your Mind? That Murphy is staking his claim amongst the best songwriters to emerge from Melbourne in recent years.

Amidst an opening synthesised drone Murphy introduces What’s In Your Mind? With his delicate vocals hanging above the cascading acoustic guitar, cello and violin of All I Want. One of the recurring features of the album is the way Murphy has effortlessly assimilated guest performers into his lush productions.  And nowhere is this evidenced better than on Candles Flicker, where the vocal layering, added by Jeff Samin is supported by a subtle banjo courtesy of local star, Chris Altmann.  The guest vocals continue on Tonight, with Suzannah Espie duetting with Murphy while Bye Bye gets the folky treatment, with Murphy’s lone vocals and guitar reminiscent of Paul McCartney’s best early 70s solo work.

On album centrepiece, Dragonflies, nimble cellos and synthesisers weave melodically through the hypnotic, psychedelic grooves.  Live A While is a lovely acoustic, Elliott Smith-inspired ballad, while Empty Vessel is an up-tempo skiffle shuffle, featuring a 60s-inspired chorus.  Elsewhere Who’ll Love You? Is a moody, bluesy waltz with Murphy’s multi-tracked falsetto ably backed by funky keyboard played by Ross McLennan, and an ethereal harmonica supplied by Richard Morrison.

Like is fellow Melburnian alumni and good friends, Ross McLennan and Charles Jenkins, Nick Murphy has travelled along the periphery of commercial success.  And much like his contemporaries, Murphy’s critical acclaim should continue to gain momentum if What’s In Your Mind? Is a sign of his evolving talents.

‘Breaking the Light’ Album Reviews

The Advertiser – story by Danielle O’Donohue

RollingStone – review by Luke Anisimoff

Tsunami Magazine

The Age – review by Sophie Best

Herald Sun – Rock City with Shane O’Donohue

Inpress – story by Jason Argall

Beat

Herald Sun – “in a word: melodic”