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REVIEW: MELANIE OXLEY AND CHRIS ABRAHAMS - COAL
Coal

Melanie Oxley and Chris Abrahams
Coal



Blood Oranges

Melanie Oxley and Chris Abrahams
Blood Oranges

Jerusalem Bay

Melanie Oxley and Chris Abrahams
Jerusalem Bay

Welcome to Violet

Melanie Oxley and Chris Abrahams
Welcome to Violet

Fifth Release
Blood Oranges is the fifth release for the luminous partnership of Melanie Oxley & Chris Abrahams. Offering a distinct change in direction, especially from their acoustic studio album Jerusalem Bay released four years ago. Blood Oranges is more in the melodic pop vein of their earlier records such as Welcome to Violet & Resisting Calm.

Blood Oranges is possibly the most studio savvy album the pair has produced and from the filter swept, reggae tinged opener "Get Me So Far" to the last track, the ominous "Time Empty Away," the production is inventive. Melanie's smoky vocals together with Chris's distinctive keyboard etchings create the sparse yet brutally intense music that is so unique to this partnership.

Aust. Hi Fi.

Oxley's smoky vocals....Abrahams vivid keyboard etchings... the results are stunning.


Drum Media

.........a distilled poetic vision....a combination of natural born gifts and dripping candles......simplicity reigns supreme.



Juice

Coal continues to tread the articulate and soulful pop path laid by 1992’s Welcome to Violet.......uncluttered heaven-sent melodies.



Rolling Stone

.......tightly focused....edgy and challenging music....... immediately and easily engaging.



Aust. Hi Fi.

Oxley's smoky vocals....Abrahams vivid keyboard etchings... the results are stunning.

Drum Media.

.........a distilled poetic vision....a combination of natural born gifts and dripping candles......simplicity reigns supreme.



Juice Magazine

Coal continues to tread the articulate and soulful pop path laid by 1992's Welcome to Violet.......uncluttered heaven-sent melodies.



Rolling Stone Magazine

.......tightly focused....edgy and challenging music....... immediately and easily engaging.