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Album Review: Lawrence Arabia - The Sparrrow

Album Review: Lawrence Arabia - The Sparrrow

Tuesday 10th July, 2012 9:05AM

Itís easy to underestimate The Sparrow on first listen. Its tonal shift from Chant Darling, Lawrence Arabiaís previous album, is so sudden that you immediately have to readjust your expectations. The breezy hooks and layered harmonies that defined Chant Darling, are mostly gone, replaced instead by something more grandiose, but also more intimate. The Sparrow evokes hazily lit nights in less frequented parts of town, where musicians play for themselves rather than for an audience. Although that gives the album a personal quality, it also carries a sense of imperfection; melodies not quite mastered and ideas not quite fulfilled.

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Lawrence Arabia kicks off his The Sparrow album release tour this week in the South Island - see below for dates and links to buy tickets.

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Sun 22nd Jul
The Opera House, Wellington
Fri 20th Jul
Auckland Town Hall, Auckland
Sat 14th Jul
Sammys, Dunedin
Fri 13th Jul
St Michael and All Angels Church, Christchurch