Allo Darlin' - We Come from the Same Place

by Jeff Penczak Rating:9 Release Date:2014-10-06

The Anglo-Australian quartet’s third album is another winner, full of singer/songwriter Elizabeth Morris’ charming, jangly pop confections with unusual flourishes like the ukulele on opener ‘Heartbeat’. Morris’ lyrics also hit closer to home this time, with references to a US gig with The Wave Pictures (‘Kings and Queens’), her recent marriage and relocation to Italy (‘Crickets in the Rain’, ‘History Lessons’), and ‘Romance and Adventure’, which arose from guitarist Paul Rains’ challenge to write a catchy pop tune in a minor key! And fans of cult 90s US TV show Twin Peaks will recognize the reference to a ‘Half-Heart Neckless’ in the eerie, true story which unravels in the tale of the same name.

‘Angela’ is a personal favourite, on which Morris paints a cinematic picture with a heartbreaking ending, all supported by a crystal clear guitar-line from Rains, whose playing throughout is stellar and memorable – colouring between the lines, without overwhelming the lyric – everything in service to the tune. He also duets on ‘Bright Eyes’ and rips off a slightly off-putting dirty-fuzz solo that seems out of place with the rest of the tightly structured arrangements. But we’ll let him loose every once in a while as long as it doesn’t become a habit.

But it’s Morris who will win your heart with her melting vocals, toe-tapping tuneage, and literate lyrics which invoke images of people you know or would like to. This is an album to slowly savour and welcome like a reunion with old friends who have some interesting catch-up stories to tell. Along with Tracyanne Campbell, Morris may be the most exciting voice in British pop and We Come From the Same Place is full of intelligent tales and tunes that make you sit up and pay attention.

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