Indisputably Don McGlashan, ‘Lucky Stars’ could also draw a whole lot of strange comparisons – from Elton John to the Warratahs, Mark Knopfler to Michael Buble, to Crowded House. Girl, Make Your Own Mind Up makes a strong starting point with great guitar riffs, a catchy chorus and trademark meaningful lyrics.
McGlashan demonstrates his versatility with each of the album’s 10 tracks, perhaps best highlighted by the broody Charles Kingford Smith which is powered just by acoustic guitar and love-worn layered vocals. On My Way To You has an easy rolling Warratahs’ feel. Home To The Otherside has some fantastic whiny guitar matching the vocals, while emotively-titled Hold On To Your Loneliness showcases McGlashan’s great harmonies and points to the album’s emotionally vulnerable theme. The Waves Roll On rounds it out in perfect closing style, all dreamy and building and almost Celtic-sounding. McGlashan can, of course, ably handle most instruments, and does so with the multi-instrumental assistance of old mate David Long. Chris O’Connor features on drums and fine new guitarist Tom Rodwell also shared production duties, alongside Roundhead Studios‘ engineer/mixer Jordan Stone. A star-studded cast for an album of intimate jewels.