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Jack Frost review from Select magazine Print E-mail
Monday, 01 April 1991
 

Jack Frost: Jack Frost

Arista 211354/MC/CD

Select magazine, April 1991

Jack Frost is a collaboration between two notable Australian pop classicists, former Go-Between Grant McLennan and Steve Kilbey, singer/bassist with The Church.
Neither is known as much of a rooftop shouter, and sure enough 'Jack Frost' is an album with its volume control kept on low.
We don't get the inaugural Grant (GW) McLennan solo album until May, so this gives a welcome glance into the man's current state of mind. Kilbey, meanwhile, a man for whom side-projects (notably the on-off Hex) and solo albums are a way of life, sounds like he's thriving on the company.
Their two voices are softness in sync, and the lyrics twinkle with the perversity of two clever wordsmiths trying to out-metaphor each other. And despite the opening 'Every Hour God Sends', where the guitars boom in a distinctly Church-like manner, the LP is mainly acoustic and Go-Betweens hesitant, but with widescreen production effects like echo and synth added. This clash of styles is an unexpected success.
The odd stroke (like on 'Geneva 4AM', where you can hear them talking behind the vocal) suggests two guys meeting up after a long time apart and creating for the hell of it. That the two guys are McLennan and Kilbey, of course, takes it somewhere higher.

3/5. DAVID CAVANAGH

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