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Reviewed by Ania Glowacz

GT42: GT42

Reviewed by Ania Glowacz

GT42: GT42

Long-time Wellington friends Vinnie McParland and Steve Haughey evidently put a lot of love and effort into this GT42 album. It’s rock in the traditional sense – think ’70s, ’80s influences, though cleverly none of them overt. Actually it’s more that smooth Journey(!), via KISS, The Cult, Ozzy, Van Halen, a mellow Motley… shards of both decades, distilled through these evident lovers of all that music. You can hear the love in their songwriting and that’s really neat. Props for the restraint and that despite the familiarity of sources it is by no means a predictable listen. Clever even. Spacious dramatic vocals float across big drums, lead guitar break outs and rhythm washes – but that’s just one flavour. Elsewhere things are more immediate, closer to an easy listening rock radio format. The 14-track album provides a curious and often surprisingly pleasing trip down various musical memory lanes.

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