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REVIEW: DAVID LANE - ELEVEN REASONS TO SING
Eleven Reasons To Sing

David Lane
Eleven Reasons To Sing

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Head In The Clouds

David Lane
Head In The Clouds

Morning Sun Single

David Lane
Morning Sun Single

Compass

David Lane
Compass

Put Me In A Taxi

David Lane
Put Me In A Taxi

Sasha Molitorisz, Sydney Morning Herald

Eleven reasons to Sing is a potent blend of folk and pop. It ranges from lilting ballads …to uplifting pop. The common thread is Lane’s beautiful voice. 



Scott Ellis, Sunday Metro CD of the Week, 2003

He's been honing his skills for years in the smoky pubs of inner-vity Sydney and has toured with some of our country's best. Yet somehow David Lane remains strangely unknown to many. How many artist, for example, can go from a three continent tour to playing at their local pub on a Sunday? The again, Lane is probably just as happy playing to a handfull with tunes which are, afterall, straight from the Australian heartland. Either way Lane's obscurity is about to be challenged by his third album, which features a range of songs written during (and after) his tour with The Church. This time, Lane has really let loose with his remarkable talents, with tracks ranging from pared down vocals and guitar to all out jams. Moon Over Water (written with Peter Koppes) and Providence (originally by Steve Kilby and Grant McLennan) are atmospheric trips to Lane's more mellow side, while Faded T-Shirt reminds us love songs can rock. Lane is definately at the forefront of the return to grassroots music.

8 out of 10




ABC Gippsland


David Lane has been described as "Sydney's unknown treasure", and I suspect he probably has a local cult following, and is one of those musicians other musicians know and love. In the last six years he has produced three albums - Compass in 1997, and 2001's Put Me in a Taxi, which had the break out track Goodbye Rollercoaster thanks to the high rotation it received on Triple J. After releasing that album, David spent three months touring Europe, the U.S and Australia with legendary band The Church. Four of the songs included on this latest album, were written while he was on the road.

Eleven Reasons to Sing has a modern folk sound - with a bit of contemporary pop, the odd jazz flourish, a pinch of rock and even a splash of reggae. It's gentle, sometimes fragile music, but you're never left wanting and when he wants to step it up, he surely does. The album itself was sparked by some regular live performances David fronted upon returning from the Church tour, with like-minded musicians Richard Boxhall (Love Me), The Cruel Sea's Jim Elliot and Ken Gormley, and Dean Manning (Leonardo's Bride) - who also co-produced. It seems like David loves a good musical collaboration and you may have heard him singing and/or playing piano on other artist's albums, such as The Church, Jimmy Little, The Whitlams, Jenny Morris and The Hummingbirds. Eleven Reasons to Sing feels like one of those great little quiet achievers.