Junior Magazine album review: Oh Mercy – ‘Great Barrier Grief’, 2011

An album review for Junior Magazine‘s ‘Count Pointercount’ column. Take a look at the article excerpt, or visit Junior for the complete review.

Oh Mercy hit like a hurricane in 2009, their EP In The Nude For Love throttling the Melburnians to the forefront of the Australian indie scene. They confirmed their pedigree later that year with debut long player Privileged Woes and for Oh Mercy the future seemed bright indeed. But with great achievements come great expectations, and it seems the pressure may have gotten to Alex Gow and his band mates.

Great Barrier Grief is a disappointment, but almost subtly so. The effortless class of Oh Mercy is here in spades – from the quick step of opening single ‘Stay, Please Stay’ to the pastoral roll of ‘Mercy Valley’ – but gone is much of the playfulness seen in their early releases. There’s nothing as distinctive as breakout single ‘Lay Everything On Me’, the Bacharach-y, androgynous vibe replaced with an altogether more straightforward and muted approach to songwriting.

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