The Bushwackers

No Nuts 'Til Monday

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With the exception of longtime members Dobe Newton and Roger Corbett, this is a new installment of the Bushwackers. They've adjusted their style for this comeback album to include country and acoustic-based pop, augmenting their patented Australian traditional and folk-rock foundation. This ever-prideful bunch from down under are at their finest when singing of their heritage and homeland. Songs like "This Is the Place for Me," "It's a Good Day," and "Henry's Men" are tuneful pieces depicting their absolute love for their land. That has always been the essence of the Bushwackers. Here, they rely mostly on original songs with contemporary arrangements. In a way, No Nuts 'Til Monday resembles Steeleye Span's 1986 comeback album, Back in Line -- new bandmembers, modernized songwriting, and production coupled with touches of the old. When Dobe Newton's weathered and hoarse voice takes over, it's sure to send waves of nostalgia through the memory of old fans. This may not measure up to the classic Murrumbidgee and Bushfire albums; however, 20 years later it serves nicely, akin to a reunion with an old friend.

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