Undercover Basement CD Review
Positive review of the Ballad Of The One Eyed Man Live At The Basement CD.
Author: Hector The Rock Dog.
Date: February 2002.
Original URL: http://www.undercover.com.au/urmarkseymourballadoftheoneeyedman.html
Mark Seymour is the man who gave us one of the greatest Australian compositions ever “Throw Your Arms Around Me”. He steered one of Australia’s greatest live acts Hunters and Collectors as far as they could go and in 1998, started a new era as a solo performer.
‘The Ballad Of The One Eyed Man” pays homage on record to Seymour’s solo career as a live performers showing an artist comfortable with age and demonstrating the maturity that comes with experience.
This performance was captured in June 2001 at The Basement in Sydney. Seymour’s sound is striped down compared to the rage of a Hunters live gig and focuses on material from his first two solo albums. Only “Holy Grail” bridges his band past. The intimate concert performance is a contrast to the aggressive Hunters shows but shows a maturity for Seymour as a performer.
Seymour has taken his music away from the feet and is now targeting the heart. The raw emotion of “Home Again” is where Mark is at musically these days, “Waratah Street” paints a proudly Australian backdrop but the pace of “Lost In Your Illusion” still works as either a rock song or acoustic performance.
Mark Seymour can do both and The Ballad Of The One Eyed Man is the proof.