RUSSELL MORRIS ‘Black And Blue Heart’ – CD


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Black and Blue Heart is a fantastic collection of eleven songs, demonstrating that Russell Morris is still full of creative writing, even after a fifty-year career in the industry. Who would have thought he’d score his first Top 10 album at the age of 64?

Produced by Nick DiDia and Bernard Fanning, Russell is backed by a band of musicians including artist/songwriter/producer Declan Kelly on drums and percussion, Wolfmother’s Ian Peres on keyboards, Matt Englebrecht on bass, and the inimitable Dan Kelly on guitars. On paper, it’s an unlikely partnership – Fanning wasn’t even born when Morris had his first hit, while DiDia, who grew up in America, was unaware of his body of work – but they have helped Morris craft perhaps his finest album yet. As producers, they weren’t afraid to allow the songs to breathe. Less is more on this record, where the songs slowly get under your skin. “Set yourself free,” Morris declares in the opening cut, ‘Ain’t No Angel’, a garage rock gem. Later, in ‘Sitting Pretty’, he states that he feels “like I’ve been born again.” Indeed, his voice sounds as fresh as when he was starting out, though seared with decades of wisdom.