Powderfinger - Odyssey Number 5
Today I am reviewing the one and only Powderfinger and the album that will be a classic - Odyssey Number Five. So let's get into it shall we?
This album came out in the year 2000 and is my favourite album of theirs. Powderfinger came to define Australian music and rescue it from the drivel that the rest of the world was producing at the same time. Yes, that includes you moby and Fatboy Slim. Let's kick off the album shall we?
The Album starts with the track "Waiting for the Sun" This song starts with a great riff and it's a really cool song, it has more of a pop feel but the standout is Bernard Fannings voice, superb. We then move onto the biggest hit off this album "My Happiness", this song topped the charts, had massive airplay on radio and is my favourite track on the album, from the opening wah-wah inspired riff, awesome lyrics like this"My happiness is slowly creeping back, Now you're at home.If it ever starts sinking in It must be when you pack up and go".A truly well crafted song, showing the prowess of song-writer and lead singer Bernard Fanning, awesome song.
We then move onto "The Metre" with it's cool intro and that voice, that beat and awesome uplifting lyrics, this is how great songs should sound, just pure magic.
I mean check out these lyrics "Welcome to the saving grace / There's a sunset on the road / reappearing as we go". again another absolute gem from Powderfinger.
Then we move onto the title track "Odyssey # Five" although it is short, it has one of the best lines ever "Welcome to the new suburban fables" it is a sort of divider for the album and acts to settle things back down before we launch into the second half.
The next track is "Up & Down & Back Again" this is an absolute gem of a song and yet again, Bernard Fannings songwriting shines as he deals with his celebrity status I mean with lyrics like this "If everybody knows just who you are
When your walk on role becomes a major part Have you ever attempted to be yourself? When everybody wants you to be someone else? What a seriously cool song, it lifts and builds, the crafting of the music in this song is exceptional. The next track is "My Kind Of Scene" this song is the quintessential Powderfinger song, everything about this song, shows what a masterful band they are. One of my favourite songs on the album.
The next song is "These Days" which was a massive hit for them after "My Happiness" and it really is an OZ classic, it slow start builds and then roars into this massive rock number, what a song what a band! Absolutely perfect song there is nothing more to say. This is followed up by "We Should Be Together Now" which is a really cool song, fist pumping, pure rock hit, straight at you love song it's is a killer track. The next song is "Thrilloilogy" an epic track, the music is haunting the lyrics sublime, the way it builds then turns into a full on jam session is unreal and the way it ends with a piano is unbelievable. This song is an absolute must listen to!
The last song is "Whatever Makes You Happy" which is the perfect ending, slow, beautiful and simply inspiring and truly uplifting both the music and the lyrics. This song really showcase the talent that Powderfinger have.
I am giving this album 4 and 1/2 shots of whiskey out of five, Do yourself and your collection a favour and get this album, you will not be disappointed at all. I had to take half a shot off because they quit.Now go buy it bitch! Till next week
Peace out my bitches