Torch the Moon

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Clayton Bolger
The Whitlams' fifth album sees lead vocalist/pianist and major creative force Tim Freedman presenting a work by a band, rather than him and a revolving lineup of musicians. This solid four-piece lineup features Jak Housden the Badloves handling the guitar, Warwick Hornby on bass Max Sharam, Paul Mac and Terepai Richmond DIG, Tina Arena behind the drums. The first single, "Fall for You," detailing someone wrestling with possibly impending feelings of love for another, offers a distinct change in mood and a sense of lowered accessibility. However, their follow-up single, the wonderful George Harrison-esque "Best Work," was a trademark Freedman story of love gone wrong, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Clayton Bolger
The Whitlams' fifth album sees lead vocalist/pianist and major creative force Tim Freedman presenting a work by a band, rather than him and a revolving lineup of musicians. This solid four-piece lineup features Jak Housden the Badloves handling the guitar, Warwick Hornby on bass Max Sharam, Paul Mac and Terepai Richmond DIG, Tina Arena behind the drums. The first single, "Fall for You," detailing someone wrestling with possibly impending feelings of love for another, offers a distinct change in mood and a sense of lowered accessibility. However, their follow-up single, the wonderful George Harrison-esque "Best Work," was a trademark Freedman story of love gone wrong, complete with a singalong, lighter-waving ending. Torch the Moon only falls when the band significantly stray from their classic rock/pop sound, particularly when exploring rhythmic surf guitar experiments "Gone Surfing", eerie historical ballads "Kate Kelly" or frantic workouts "Coming Over". This minor flaw does not take away from the excellent music on show, including a re-recorded version of "I Will Not Go Quietly Duffy's Song" originally heard on the ABC's TV program Love is a Four Letter Word, but not officially released, the rollicking "Royal in the Afternoon" and the opening angst of "Cries Too Hard," featuring the lyric that gives the album its name. The best two moments are the last; "Breathing You In" is a beautiful introspective piece on the joys of sleeping in and snuggling up to your partner in bed. "Ease of the Midnight Visit" juxtaposes this morning bliss with the unrequited love of a teenager pining for affection and resorting to casual surveillance. Ultimately, this is a strong album from a promising lineup.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2002
  • Label: Wea International
  • EAN: 9325583015533
  • Catalog Number: 45936

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Whitlams Primary Artist
Sam Dixon Bass
Mark Punch Acoustic Guitar
Zillah Hawley Violin
Mike Gubb Hammond Organ
Trent Williamson Harmonica
Rob Taylor Keyboards
Chris Abrahams Piano
Helena Rathbone Violin, Leader
Melissa Barnard Cello
Peter Morrison Cello
Tim Northam Acoustic Guitar
Anthony Kable Trombone
Tina Harrod Background Vocals
Andrew Hines Cello
Jun Yi Ma Violin
Tim Freedman Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Bernie Hayes Background Vocals
Naomi Radom Violin
Maxime Bibeau Double Bass
Emma-Jane Murphy Cello
Richard Tognetti Violin
Elizabeth Jones Violin
Erkki Veltheim Viola
Aiko Goto Violin
Caroline Henbest Viola
Sophie Michalitsianos Vocals
Cary Koh Violin
Jak Housden Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Nick Cecire Drums
Mark Ingwersen Violin
Sally Glover Conductor
Paul Housden Guitar
Sheriden Nelson Background Vocals
Duane Morrison Keyboards
Warwick Hornby Bass, Group Member
Doreen Cumming Violin
David Lane Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Katy McNamara Vocals
Warwick and Terepai Background Vocals
Terepai Richmond Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Lily Diior Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Iva Davies Composer
Steve Smart Mastering
Daniel Denholm Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Peter Sculthorpe Composer
Rob Taylor Programming
Jackie Orszaczky Vocal Arrangements
Atomica Producer
Lachlan Mitchell Engineer
Tina Harrod Vocal Arrangements
Michael Macken Mastering
Duane Morrison Programming
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