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Small collection of Snow Job (Jack Frost) reviews Print E-mail
Monday, 06 December 2004
These review were found and copied from the Beggar's Banquet site.  

Given the make-up of Jack Frost - ex Go-Betweener Grant McLennan and Church leader Steve Kilbey - it's no wonder the results are so stellar. The sweet whimsical pop of McLennan's Go-Betweens is a near perfect partner to Kilbey's less grounded, paisley bedecked songwriting, the two meeting somewhere in Australia's largely underrated pop spectrum. Snow Job leans more towards Kilbey's dreamy, wistful moods than anything: 'You don't know' is full of the thick, mystical stuff that defines The Church's music.Kilbey's rich, languid voice magically leading the song up to it's alluring chorus, while 'Jack Frost Blues' pins Kilbey's acid guitar textures down with a lush dual vocal. 'Cousin/Angel' builds up the familiar, jangly-pop simplicity of McLennan's songwriting to a spirited, glorious structure of chiming guitars and soaring vocals, while 'Little Song' steps away from all the regalia for a brilliantly tossed-off acoustic guitar and vocal hook.

- Colin Helms / CMJ new music report 9/9/96 - USA

...In this more sophisticated and uniform second set, however, it's the dreamy electric sounds of The Church which reign: a gentle, rhythmic sway, close harmonies and spangly Byrds guitars, with occasional strings or organ. But it's the contrasting combination of spacey, seductively tuneful sounds and the darker spirited drive of the songs - oblique glimpses of murder and burning cars, outsiders looking in or oddballs escaping a disintegrating society - that gives these intriguing scenarios their power...

- Ian Cranna / Q magazine - UK

And so it is with Snow Job, as it weaves from the intriguingly seductive hybrid of 'Jack Frost Blues' to the instant pop accessibility and guitar jangling of 'Aviatrix', onto the somewhat Greek - Celtic shadows of the superbly crafted and alluring beauty of 'Weightless and Wild'.

The balance is even, but there's the occasional, obvious leaning in the likes of 'You Don't Know' it hovers closer to the Church bone with it's slow, moody, web spinning and enthralling mystique ... or 'Cousin / Angel', as it hangs it's soft, simple harmonies, perfect dynamics and jangly beauty on the McLennan perch.

Mark Fraser - DRUM 12/3/96 - Australia

One of the things I have enjoyed about listening to this album over the last few weeks was trying to pick the instigator of each song. I guess my point here is that McLennan and Kilbey, like Lennon and McCartney, are fine songwriters as individuals in their own right but together have a chemistry like that which underpins all good bands - therefore allows something slightly different to emerge out of the creative process.

Thus Snow Job, it must be said, is certainly as consistent a collection of great melancholy pop tunes as any Church or Go-Betweens album. Snow Job is not a collection of out-takes but a genuine, coherent piece of work.

There are too many good tunes on this release, so to single out ones for individual analysis would do a disservice to the album as a whole, which is diversely devastating and nothing short of brilliant. Hope it won't be five years 'til the next one.

- Paul Lovatt - Australia

...And the unofficial Beggars Banquet opinion.

This is a real 'grower'. First couple of times I heard it, nothing really stood out, especially as it's a long CD and there's a lot of music here. Then slowly, starting with a couple of the songs, I was drawn in and now it's a favourite. I find this a common pattern - most of the albums I go back to were ones that didn't particularly jump out on the first listen; yet , with so many albums coming out (and a limited budget), I often don't get to hear things more than once! So, don't ignore Snow Job - it's a long term investment.

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