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Golden Rule
     

Golden Rule

by Powderfinger
 

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After disappointing some fans with their previous album, Dream Days at the Hotel Existence (2007), Powderfinger teamed up once again with producer Nick DiDia for Golden Rule, one of the band's best full-lengths to date. One of the most reliable rock bands in the business, Powderfinger experienced nothing but success in their

Overview

After disappointing some fans with their previous album, Dream Days at the Hotel Existence (2007), Powderfinger teamed up once again with producer Nick DiDia for Golden Rule, one of the band's best full-lengths to date. One of the most reliable rock bands in the business, Powderfinger experienced nothing but success in their homeland after their first album was a flop. Their second, Double Allergic (1996), broke them into the Top Five of the Australian albums chart, and each successive full-length release reached number one. Internationalist (1998), the first of Powderfinger's chart-toppers, marked their initial collaboration with DiDia, best known for engineering Brendan O'Brien-produced albums by Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, and several other radio-friendly rock bands of the 1990s. Following the success of Internationalist, Powderfinger collaborated with DiDia again on Odyssey Number Five (2000) and Vulture Street (2003), both of which were similarly well received. Dream Days at the Hotel Existence, recorded in Los Angeles with producer Rob Schnapf after a three-year hiatus, was a change of course for the band that left some fans unimpressed. Those same fans should give Golden Rule a listen. It's something of a return to form for the band. Recorded in Byron Bay, New South Wales, it finds Powderfinger in their comfort zone. While it's not a rehash of any album in particular, Golden Rule is often reminiscent of the band's past work with DiDia, at times harking back to Odyssey Number Five, at other times harking back to Vulture Street. This is part of what makes Powderfinger so reliable: their production style is synonymous with DiDia, their songwriting is formulaic yet still inventive, and they tend to come up with signature-sounding melodies and riffs. They also have a knack for penning sure-fire hits, and Golden Rule kicks off with a pair of them: "All of the Dreamers" and "Burn Your Name." In fact, the entire first half of the album is excellent, including the additional highlights "A Fight About Money," "Sail the Wildest Stretch," "Poison in Your Mind," and "Iberian Dream." In some ways, Golden Rule is Powderfinger's best album to date. The song selection is diverse and finely balanced, and the band has never sounded more comfortable and self-assured. All that's lacking on Golden Rule is an element of surprise. Anyone familiar with the band's past work with DiDia knows more or less what to expect here.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2009
Label:
Universal Import
UPC:
0602527243818
catalogNumber:
2724381

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Powderfinger   Primary Artist
Alex Pertout   Percussion
Daniel Denholm   Conductor
Rebecca Lagos   Percussion,Performing Ensemble
Graham Jesse   Saxophone,Performing Ensemble
Virginia Commerford   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Adrian Cunningham   Saxophone,Performing Ensemble
Andrew Morris   Background Vocals
Alice Evans   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Mark McElligott   Background Vocals
Anthony Kable   Trombone,Performing Ensemble
Bernard Fanning   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Ian Haug   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Darren Middleton   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Hurdy-Gurdy
Pete Murray   Background Vocals
Veronique Serret   Violin,Leader,Performing Ensemble
Ilya Isakovich   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Maxime Bibeau   Performing Ensemble,Double Bass
Lachlan Doley   Organ,Piano,Clavichord
Belinda Jezek   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Simon Sweeney   Trumpet,Performing Ensemble
Julian Thompson   Cello,Performing Ensemble
Julie Simonds   Performing Ensemble
Rebecca Chan   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Daniel Yeadon   Cello,Performing Ensemble
Kram   Background Vocals
Holly Piccoli   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Heather Lindsay   Cello,Performing Ensemble
Euan Harvey   French Horn,Performing Ensemble
Jonathan Coghill   Drums,Background Vocals,cowbell,Guitar Feedback
Janet Anderson   Violin,Performing Ensemble
James Cuddeford   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Mirabai Peart   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Marnie Sebire   French Horn,Performing Ensemble
Madeline Boud   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Nikki Divall   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Splendour People's Choir   Background Vocals
Stephen King   Viola,Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Nick DiDia   Producer,Engineer
Alex Pertout   Percussion Engineer
Daniel Denholm   Orchestral Arrangements
Powderfinger   Composer
Paul Pilsneniks   Engineer
Paul Piticco   Management
Cybele Malinowski   Band Photo

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