MUSIC REVIEW - Kim Churchill, Silence/Win, Atlantic Records - Out Now

Australian folk/blues singer/songwriter Kim Churchill.
Australian folk/blues singer/songwriter Kim Churchill.
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Quite simply this is an album that never puts a foot wrong

When Australian folk/blues musician Kim Churchill’s new album, Silence/Win, arrived at the Spalding Guardian in the same envelope as Lianne La Havas’s UK number two offering, Blood, there were fears of a total mismatch.

But once the opening strings of Single Spark tore its way through this reviewer’s ears, it was clear that we were in the hands of a very special artist.

With a voice combining Coldplay’s Chris Martin and English poet/songwriter Labi Siffre, Churchill manages to overturn every single stereotype previously associated with Australian singers like John Farnham, Natalie Imbruglia, Olivia Newton-John and the late Michael Hutchence.

The rollercoaster ride from heaven continues with the stunning Window to the Sky, the awesome Fear the Fire, a nod to the Summer of Love with Only Time Can Take You On and the landmark track Rage.

But just when you think the album can’t maintain its Everest-high standard, Churchill knocks you out with the Bob Marley-inspired Canopy, Backwards Head and the trumpet-led You Are Lost.

With a voice combining Coldplay’s Chris Martin and English poet/songwriter Labi Siffre, Churchill manages to overturn every single stereotype previously associated with Australian singers.

By the time Some Days the Rain May Fall comes round to end the album, you want to start listening all over again.

Any Australians needing a pick-me-up after losing the Ashes could do a lot worse than buying Silence/Win by Kim Churchill, perhaps the finest export from Down Under since the late, great Richie Benaud.

Review by Winston Brown