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Cannot Buy My Soul: The Songs Of Kev Carmody

Various Artists/Kev Carmody
Cannot Buy My Soul: The Songs Of Kev Carmody

32 Track, Compilation (2007, Virgin)
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Tribute albums are an odd thing – an artist loved for their originality is honoured by being subsumed under a mosaic of other aesthetics: Kev Carmody can be an earnest country-dub star (John Butler Trio), a hip-hop rhymer (Last Kinection, The Herd) or MOR wonder (The Waifs, Bernard Fanning). Thankfully Cannot Buy My Soul includes a disc with Carmody’s original versions. This disc is the better listen here – a veritable best of – that shows the Queensland troubadour’s humble songs in their naked glory. Carmody has a peerless talent for consistently turning a deeply felt political cause into a deeply felt story of people and places.

Of the covers, Carmody’s songs work best for those artists who are already associated with storytelling. The Drones’ take on ‘River of Tears’ sounds like an extension of their Gala Mill album – a stark tale of desolation that swells and recedes with some primal blues pulse. Dan Kelly makes his own the detail-filled story of ‘I’ve Been Moved’. In a strange three-way combination, Augie March, Paul Kelly and Missy Higgins team up for ‘Droving Women’. Augie and Paul Kelly are justifiably well known for their literary lyrical turn, but Higgins works surprisingly well here; the gentle cadences of Carmody’s tale moving beyond the mawkish and narcissistic tendencies of her own pen. At worst, this tribute could be a mere dinner-party showpiece for ‘concerned,’ brow-furrowing young professionals. At best, the big drawcards here could bring further acclaim to a deserving artist – and, more importantly, to the plight and battles of those in his stories.

by Ben Gook

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Your Comments

SallyF  said about 5 years ago:

Kev's lyrics seem to grow more finely crafted with each year. Troy Cassar Daly soars on ''on the wire'' and am I the only one who wept when I heard Archie Roach sing the title song?

mathieson  said about 5 years ago:

The Drones' version of River of Tears popped up just yesterday on my iPod and it fairly crackles.

tugboat  said about 4 years ago:

Need this.

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  • 1.   I've Been Moved  by Dan Kelly
  • 2.   Thou Shalt Not Steal  by John Butler Trio
  • 3.   Elly  by Bernard Fanning
  • 4.   The Young Dancer Is Dead  by The Last Kinection
  • 5.   From Little Things Big Thing Grow  by The Waifs
  • 6.   River Of Tears  by The Drones
  • 7.   On The Wire  by Troy Casser-Daley
  • 8.   Cannot Buy My Soul  by Archie Roach
  • 9.   Moonstruck  by Sara Storer
  • 10.   This Land Is Mine  by Dan Sultan & Scott Wilson
  • 11.   Darkside  by Tex Perkins
  • 12.   Blood Red Rose  by Clare Bowditch
  • 13.   Comrade Jesus Christ  by The Herd
  • 14.   Images Of London  by Steve Kilbey
  • 15.   Droving Woman  by Augie March/Missy Higgins/Paul Kelly
  • 16.   Eulogy For A Black Man  by The Pigram Brothers
  • 17.   I've Been Moved  by Kev Carmody
  • 18.   Thou Shalt Not Steal  by Kev Carmody
  • 19.   Elly  by Kev Carmody
  • 20.   The Young Dancer Is Dead  by Kev Carmody
  • 21.   From Little Things Big Thing Grow  by Kev Carmody
  • 22.   River Of Tears  by Kev Carmody
  • 23.   On The Wire  by Kev Carmody
  • 24.   Cannot Buy My Soul  by Kev Carmody
  • 25.   Moonstruck  by Kev Carmody
  • 26.   This Land Is Mine  by Kev Carmody
  • 27.   Darkside  by Kev Carmody
  • 28.   Blood Red Rose  by Kev Carmody
  • 29.   Comrade Jesus Christ  by Kev Carmody
  • 30.   Images Of London  by Kev Carmody
  • 31.   Droving Woman  by Kev Carmody
  • 32.   Eulogy For A Black Man  by Kev Carmody
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