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Music Review: Missy Higgins – The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle

June 27th, 2012

I don’t know where to start with this review because once the last song was over, I was speechless.

Five years since the last album release, Missy Higgins is back with a smooth and melodious compilation of tunes with the highly anticipated album, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle.

I expected big things from her, and that she most certainly delivered. Twelve tracks (plus one bonus track) which take you for a ride on Missy’s rollercoaster, will keep you captivated, humming, singing, tapping, clicking and hanging on every last breath the whole way through.

Every track is layered with unique instruments and rare sounds making this a sensory overload. But I do have one recommendation. Listen to this album through awesome speakers so you can really enjoy the full experience, Missy’s voice is so incredibly pure it makes your heart melt. My first listen of the album was on a drive through Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, which the quality and clarity of Bang & Olufsen speakers made all the difference.

I couldn’t have picked a better time or place to listen to this album. Driving through the Australian outback, with a true Australian music icon was an incredible feeling – it really gave me time to listen and listen well, appreciate the voice, the talent and the sight of our own incredible backyard.

I’m not going to go through each track like I normally do, because I could be here all day writing about each one and how amazing it is. But I will make special mentions, which again is most of them; Set Me On Fire, Hello Hello, Unashamed Desire, All In My Head, Temporary Love, Tricks, Cooling Of The Embers and Sweet Arms Of A Tune.

Every track written by Missy, Dan Wilson and Kevin Griffin is immaculately produced by Brad Jones and Butterfly Boucher. This is one production that definitely invades your mind, inspiring you for the better.

It doesn’t just stop at the music – I also love the album cover and artwork, all done by artist Kate Tucker.

I’m just so overwhelmed and in love with The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle – it’s really one sensational addition to my life, which since first play, has been played over and over again.

PS – She is also absolutely stunning, I’ve never seen her look so beautiful!

MIssy Higgins Releases Album Artwork For The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle

April 18th, 2012

I’m super excited about Missy Higgins making a come-back with her new album set to launch June 1, called The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle.

Just yesterday, she showed off the gorgeous artwork for the cover of her album. The artwork is by Melbourne artist, Kate Tucker, who earlier this month was selected as a finalist in one of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes, The Archibald Prize, also with a painting of Missy.

“Kate is an extraordinary artist, I’m a huge fan of her work and when we met through a mutual friend we clicked straight away,” Missy says.  ”With the album art she’s managed to capture the essence of this album so completely and wonderfully. To me it portrays not only the darker, creative and more introspective side of me but also the ‘performance’ persona, (or the ‘razzle dazzle’) and how these two worlds merge.”

Check out the video below which is the second installment of making ‘The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle’ video below. Enjoy!

Missy’s first single Unashamed Desire is due for release April 23! Stay tuned.