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Charming and contemplative piano pop from Aussie's indie princess

Missy Higgins - The Ol' Razzle Dazzle
(Vagrant Records)
4 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: August 28, 2012
Missy Higgins

Review by Andy Argyrakis

Following a five year absence from the studio, Australian singer/songwriter/piano player Missy Higgins returns with her third long player "The Ol' Razzle Dazzle," which was recorded in Nashville under the production of Brad Jones (Matthew Sweet, Jill Sobule) and Butterfly Boucher (David Bowie, Sarah McLachlan). The results find the celebrated artist hitting several gorgeous sonic strides, weaved around an equally intriguing lyrical canvas that ensures her latest body of work was well worth the wait.

On the musical side, Higgins sounds like a cross between an aggressive version of Sarah McLachlan ("Hello Hello") or a more commercially-minded Feist ("Everyone's Waiting"), while also serving as a perfect summer tour partner for fellow Aussie act Gotye. From the songwriting front, inspiration comes from a season of soul searching, volunteering and eventually reclaiming her musical muse, which comes full circle on the collection's charming indie pop closer "Sweet Arms Of A Tune."

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