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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 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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2009
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602527243818
  • Catalog Number: 2724381

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Camino de la Muerte (0:42)
  2. 2 All of the Dreamers (3:36)
  3. 3 Burn Your Name (3:52)
  4. 4 A Fight About Money (5:06)
  5. 5 Sail the Wildest Stretch (4:09)
  6. 6 Poison in Your Mind (2:47)
  7. 7 Iberian Dream (4:19)
  8. 8 Jewel (2:57)
  9. 9 Think it Over (4:20)
  10. 10 Awake (4:22)
  11. 11 Stand Yourself (3:52)
  12. 12 Golden Rule (4:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Waiting for the Sun (5:39)
  2. 2 My Kind of Scene (6:12)
  3. 3 Nobody Sees (4:44)
  4. 4 Sweetlip (4:01)
  5. 5 Bless My Soul (5:47)
  6. 6 Lost and Running (4:23)
  7. 7 JC (3:28)
  8. 8 Trading Places (6:40)
  9. 9 These Days (5:51)
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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
The 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
Leon Zervos Mastering
Paul Pilsneniks Engineer
Dave Neil Mastering
Paul Piticco Management
Cybele Malinowski Band Photo
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