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Packed to the Rafters

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Along the way in the Australian TV series Packed to the Rafters, a regular cavalcade of contemporary pop, both Australian and American, has been used during dramatic moments. Within the show, the music is chosen for specific moments, not necessarily meant to stand together in a set -- this is an issue with many soundtracks, however. The surprising thing here is the level of coherence that does exist in the material. Jason Mraz, Ben Lee, and Josh Pyke may have different energy levels and different presentations, but each provides a relatively soft, relatively upbeat sound. Eric Hutchinson might have just a tinge of reggae, but he bounces along with the same vibe as the rest. Some of the most interesting music here may be from the bands that just don't get airplay outside of Australia yet -- Cat Empire provides a swing-era groove that simultaneously breaks with the genre of the rest of the album and fits with the general tone. Lisa Mitchell provides an excellent piece from Wonder that showcases her glorious, vulnerable vocals. The general sound is fairly VH1-friendly, but there are some surprises here even for the unconvinced.

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