Singer/songwriter Anthony Bautovich from The Orange Humble Band delivers
a diverse collection of roots driven pop with his power pop/alt.country
outfit The Forresters. Lovingly mixed by Wayne Connolly and featuring a
loose assembly of fine Australian players who have all given to the sound
of this record, the album 'Skindeep' has been receiving it's fair share
of attention. Here's what some reviewers are saying about the record.....
a luscious mixture of pop, rock, r'n'b, and country, tantalising and exploratory.
It never rests on it's laurels: the songs develop and change as they progress,
new elements continually introduced, new echoes from rock's rich tapestry
setting off gentle footfalls down the passageways of memory. Bautovich's
voice is strong, expressive and rides the genres effortlessly..."
Bucketfull of Brains
'....this Aussie ensemble's rousing debut is a timeless collection
of British Invasion-inspired guitar driven pop strong enough to jolt Brian
Wilson out of bed....." Amplifier Magazine
'.... bright harmonies, guitars that really should be pouring out of open
car windows, joy in a Teenage Fanclub / Jayhawks vein...." -
'...all the 'oohs and 'aahs' you'd come to expect from guitar pop down
under. Highly recommended..."
Kevin Mathews - Power Of Pop
'....the album opens with "Are You Ready", as clear and pure
a piece of power pop as you could wish for...."
- i94bar '.....'Skindeep'
is a collection of lovingly crafted songs, with both a youthful vibrancy
to the pop, and a maturity that comes from having collaborated with some
of the masters of the genre, and together with the delicate excursions
into the alt. country scene, this is a good example of a perfectly weaved
tapestry of sympathetic roots driven pop that only an eclectic ensemble
of musicians such as this could have made....."
Feature Album - Musikworkz (UK)
'..'Are You Ready' is a strong contender for song of the year.."
harmonies, interesting guitar layers and great hooks abound on this wonderful
CD...... a truly great debut release ....." Bonemachine
'...The finished album is a really infectious collection of well-crafted
rootsy pop with the sort of tight layers of vocal harmonies you can only
imagine The Beach Boys equalling and a mix of styles, from jangly West
Coast to country to rock, that somehow seem to gel together remarkably
well....throughout the record Bautovich demonstrates that he is a extremely
fine writer of well conceived narrative tales and personal stories as
well as having a real ear for musical arrangements and production..."
Keith Clark - Maverick (UK)
real grower that has become a permanent fixture in the frequently malfunctioning
CD player of my '93 Saturn. More Matthew Sweet than Teenage Fanclub,
the group's softer side is just as compelling as their rockers. Power
pop fans have no excuse for ignoring them!" - Firesideometer
all gels together so sweetly, and the songs feel and sound so genuinely
heartfelt that it's hard to fault the record. With such a range of sounds from power pop, to acoustic odes, to country rockers, and all points
in between the Forresters have delivered a debut album with a great
deal of depth to it....."
Andrew Weaver - Electric Newspaper.
are emotionally honest songs, powered along by sublime musical perfomances
and intricate harmonies.....'Skindeep' is a fabulous album, dripping in
classic influences, but always looking forward in an attempt to search
out new territories.....you need to own this!...."
Album of the Week - Zeitgeist (UK)
"...My dear friend Anthony Bautovich has delivered Australia's first
alt-country classic. The songs are so intimate and personal that I can
only conclude they reflect this wonderful musician's own life felt experiences...."
- Darryl Mather - (The Orange Humble Band)
'...This is an impressive debut, and one where there isn't a foot put
out of step. The material mixes up some classic pop/rock influences, and
comes across with the sort of aplomb that is rare in a debut set..."
'....'Are You Ready' is the perfect opening track for any great power
pop record with its rich layered harmonies and McGuinn styled guitar jangle
making it sound like a lost Teenage Fanclub track..." - Oz
Music Project "...it's
a cool-sounding album, and will surely find a home with the alt.country
audience that is so enamoured of Vigilantes of Love and Golden Smog. SKINDEEP
is a well balanced mix of uptempo rock workouts and gentle story ballads
that should please both followers of Bautovich and those who just like
sound music. Nice one."
Issacs - Maverick (UK)
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