Xavier Rudd – Dark Shades of Blue Xavier Rudd – Dark Shades of Blue

Xavier Rudd – Dark Shades of Blue

Xavier Rudd – Dark Shades of Blue

As the title and art of the album accurately indicate Dark Shades of Blue is a melancholy and critical insight to the human soul. Proof that even didge-jamming, surf-loving Aussies are neither blind nor impervious to the angst of our world. Dark Shades of Blue is a far cry from the mellow, light-hearted meanderings of some of Xavier’s other albums such as Solace and Food In The Belly and many will probably find it much less emotionally accessible, but hopefully not less enjoyable. This album runs the gamut from soulful acoustic folk to driving, borderline abrasive slide guitar riffs to exotic world music with blood-boiling didgeridoo jams throughout. Although carrying a dark tone it still has everything that fans love and creates a beautiful brush stroke on the canvas of Xavier Rudd’s musical repertoire.
The entrancing rhythms of didgeridoo and slide guitar often make it easy for Xavier’s albums to feel like pleasant background music but, while many of his albums can serve perfectly as ambience, this album would simply not be appreciated or enjoyed as such. It demands a degree of examination, which to some might entail too much effort, but to those that are already Xavier fans or happen to share his ideals this album offers fulfilling lyrical and musical wisdom to accompany any soul through times of darkness.
Having lived in Australia for a period of time I find a personal attachment to Xavier’s music. Although I attempt to critique all art and music alike as objectively as possible, I am constantly reminded of the paradox of such an endeavor in that art is, by nature, subjective. Plus I tend to avoid reviewing stuff that sucks…like Fall Out Boy. That being said, I do have a different perspective on this particular music in the ability to see the correlation between Xavier’s music and the ideals of Australia as opposed to those of America. While his music is deeply introspective, it is not self-gratifying introspection nor egocentric preaching. Like a true Aussie, he’s not trying to force you to listen and doesn’t care whether you like his music or buy his album, he’s just thinking out loud. It is a true expression of his soul’s reaction to the world that he observes and there is much to be learned and enjoyed from it.
The Point: If you’re an Xavier fan, you’ll love it, especially the second time through. If you’ve never heard Xavier you might become a fan, but check out his other albums as well. If you’ve heard Xavier and don’t like him, don’t bother, go listen to Fall Out Boy.

Xavier Rudd - Dark Shades of Blue, reviewed by Wedsie on 2009-03-04T01:13:50+00:00 rating 3.9 out of 5



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