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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Personality (One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird)'
Artist - The Sleepy Jackson

The Sleepy Jackson's second opus after their successful 2003 debut "Lovers" captures Luke Steele at his visionary best. Teaming up again with Malcolm Clark (drums) and a host of other strong talent (including Davey Lane from You Am I who features on several tracks), the Perth act have a distinctly, as the title of the review suggest, Beach Boy/Beatles sound to it. Kicking off with the very 60's sounding "You Needed More" we are then led into three Beach Boy sounds in "Devil Was In My Yard" and "God Lead Your Soul" and "Work Alone". In "God Knows" Luke Steele will have you singing out All I Want is to Lead you there, as we really get into some catchy chorus melodies. "I understand what you want but i just don't agree" is a prime example of this with juanita Tippins beautiful with her backing vocals. This track is one of several tracks that could have easily been written out of John Lennons writing pad. Think early Beatles. "Miles Away" takes the album into a country mode for just a few minutes before the gospel feeling "Higher than Hell" and rocking "Play a Little Bit for Love" continue the diversity of Personality. In "Don't Say" and ""You won't bring people down in my town" you'll have Steele change the mood by singing some dark lyrics such as: "You're a terror in the northern part of town. A crooner in the poorest side of South. I always caught you on the ranking down, down, down down, down, down" But this is once again just a change of direction for "Dream On" is an epic in itself - although just three minutes long. "How was I supposed to Know" finishes Personality on a rather melodic note. Quite fitting really as the album is full of them. Steele has added the 20/20 Orchestra choir group in this album, and they feature on all but two of the songs "Work Alone" & "Miles Away". This is probably the best thing that Steele has improved for Personality (and there are a lot of things to love). If you're looking for stand outs it's hard to discount any one song. But either way, you'll have to explore yourself.