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REVIEW: THE LUCKY WONDERS - LAY DOWN MY ARMS
Lay Down My Arms

The Lucky Wonders
Lay Down My Arms

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Thirteen O'Clock

The Lucky Wonders
Thirteen O'Clock

Rory McCartney, BMA Magazine

The Lucky Wonders recently battled through rainstorms for four-and-a-half hours (dodging road accidents) to play at The Merry Muse to promote Lay Down My Arms. Those braving the icy Canberra evening to attend were well repaid with captivating folk melodies and honeyed voices. 
If their debut album, Thirteen O’clock, was cinnamon, Lay Down My Arms is nutmeg; imbued with the same spice of life, but a little less sweet. The vocals of Jessie Vintila possess an ephemeral fragility that strikes deep. Songs co-written with Emma Royle project a powerful emotional mixture including pain, compassion and homecomings. Opener Let Me Forget is a highlight, with a toe-tapping tune and chiming guitars. Another winner, Turn On In, was written for Jessie’s dad during a difficult period in his life. Its choppy guitars add power in the chorus and it’s even more commanding live; drummer Anastassijah Scales underscores the lyrics with blows from her mallets. The cheery Anyway, written by Emma and a semi-finalist in an international songwriting contest, bounces along with good advice about life. Their happiness at coming home to Byron Bay after their first album launch comes through clearly in Thing About Leaving, with Ben Franz providing a country twang with his lap steel guitar. 

This release retains the successful recipe of alluring melodies, lyrics from the heart and warm harmonies that made Thirteen O’clock so special, but raises the bar with its complex arrangements. 

4/5