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Read Jeff Jenkins’ review of LYCNWYCH in Stack Magazine (JB Hi Fi) November 2012.
“It all comes together in I Booked an Ambulance, which unfolds slowly and almost sweetly: acoustic guitar, quiet piano, space for the weary voice and then low-key harmonica. But its story is not sweet. It is desolate and sad and touching in places that not enough writers can get to. Such work deserves more attention.”
“With a title that borrows a line from a W.H. Auden poem, Charles Jenkins’ brand new album Love Your Crooked Neighbour with Your Crooked Heart is a stunningly original collection of country-folk songs packed with lyrical depth and big ideas. Damon Smith spoke to Charles Jenkins about how it all came together.”
From the Basement Discs website:
Charles (or Chuck as we know him!) is most definitely one of Australia’s most gifted songsmiths and on this, his fifth & finest solo album titled ‘Love Your Crooked Neighbour with Your Crooked Heart’, he delivers a sublime selection of short stories in song form that will entertain, capture, enlighten & amuse you. Backed by his band of merry men, The Zhivagos, and with the sweetest harmony vocals provided bySUZANNAH ESPIE and DOUGLAS LEE ROBERTSON (Icecream Hands, of whom Chuck was/is lead singer), and with incredible horn arrangements written by his hugely talented son Henry (of CACTUS CHANNEL fame)….this album ticks all of the boxes….guaranteed! It will be in our Top 10 this year without a doubt…and it’s a very crowded field this year!
“With these 10 songs, one of Australia’s finest songwriters delivers a collection as finely honed as a Hemingway short story, not a note or phrase wasted or out of place.”
Noel Mengel’s full review in Brisbane’s Courier
“Charles Jenkins is a songwriting artisan of the highest calibre.”
Read Patrick Emery’s full review on The Age website.
“Listen and let Sir Charles converse with you, for he does it very well.”
Read Ross Clelland’s full review at themusic.com.au.
“Jenkins is at the peak of his powers”…Martin Jones, Rhythms
“This is his masterpiece”… Jeff Jenkins, JB Mag
“…the kind of record that makes you feel glad to be alive and in such exalted company”…Noel Mengel, Bris Courier Mail
“A piece of rousing genius” Apollo Bay Festival/ Radio 3RRR’s Jon Von Goes