Australian born and bred Xavier Rudd’s latest album Storm Boy has delivered the political punch his fans have come to expect, while still retaining his music’s deeply woven folk-rock roots. A talented singer, songwriter, and multiple-instrumentalist from Torquay, Xavier Rudd’s latest brain child Storm Boy is the long-awaited album from a career spanning nearly two decades. With Irish, Australian and Aboriginal heritage, his lineage breathes a fresh breath into the indie-folk scene, with a sound that is uniquely his.
Opening the album with the uplifting Walk Away, a nostalgically upbeat acoustic track, reminiscent of fire-side stories and the Australian wilderness, he sets the tone and scene for the tracks to follow. A stand out single in its own right, it attempts to echo back the answers to questions fans haven’t vocalised- and the line /It’s true I’ve earned these cracks upon my feet/ seemingly responds to his rich musical career.
Seamlessly moving into the haunting Keep it Simple and title track Storm Boy, Xavier Rudd manages to create a cohesive album while retaining highs and lows all the way through to Times like These. With a profound environmental message, and lyrics that befit a surfing, vegetarian, acoustically armed musician, Xavier Rudd’s nineth album has shown that he’s up there with the big dogs.
Album Review by Robyn Clifford