Review Summary: An excellent mixture of classic rock with alternative Eighties sound.
Not every rock musician starts out in mom and dad’s garage and after he goes through all the covers he likes starts writing about his “troubles” with girls, older people, etc. Some have it much harder and have to go through a series of day (and night) jobs to even get a modicum chance of acquiring an instrument to play on. Melbourne, Australia obviously has a series of heavy industry factories in and around the city, since Ivan Beecroft started out as a steel mill worker before he got a chance to play music. Maybe he still has to work there, who knows. But it is probably hard to say that he liked it.
And it shows in the music and lyrics he put down on his second album, Dirty Lie. Beecroft tried his best to transfer his daily experiences into his music, and if you expected some cross of Bob Seger and Australia’s own Paul Kelly, you’ll get it here. Try for example the opener Amnesia a with its straight out of the classic rock songbook chops. But then Beecroft starts throwing in some surprises in the form of some Eighties influences, but those Eighties that could and should be remembered, like in the form of his psychedelic compatriots The Church, but also some very British ones like Echo & The Bunnymen and Lloyd Cole & Commotions.
At first, it might seem like a strange cross, but in the hands of Beecroft it actually works! Songs like Talk To Me and Summer Serenade have a natural flow and Beecroft manages to pull of his mix and come up with some very listenable music. Is this one of the more original albums around? Probably not. But then, how many of those can you name these days? But Beecroft’s influences make a good, honest, wholesome music that is something you won’t mind if it is played over. Add to the whole picture Ivan’s quite straightforward but also honest lyrics that will probably not find their way into many books of poetry, but cannot be discarded as an afterthought either. Good music, relying on good influences comes up with quite a satisfying listen.