Blackeyed Susans

"Reveal Yourself"

(Liberation); Pop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

This tantalisingly epic summary of one of the 90s moodiest and most lovable of Australian bands serves as a reminder to those who were there and a fabulous introduction to those who weren't.

Though never as revered as the Triffids or the Bad Seeds, trainspotters will be delighted to spy contributions from such luminaries as Kim Salmon (Scientists), Martyn Casey (Bad Seeds), James Elliott and James Cruickshank (Cruel Sea), Warren Ellis (Dirty Three), as well as Triffids main man Dave McComb.

With Rob Snarski's sonorous and dreamy vocals delivering songs written by fellow Susans, Dave McComb and Phil Kakulas, as well as his own alongside a host of interestingly chosen covers, the journey is sometimes haunting, occasionally mesmerising and nearly always extremely cool.

Volumes 1 and 2 of the discs contain 36 songs from throughout their history, including pretty well their best stuff such as Ocean Of You, Smokin' Johnny Cash, This One Eats Souls, and By Your Hand.

Volume 3 contains B sides and rarities and, though not as musically strong as the first two, contains some absolute gems such as the Go Betweens' Dive For Your Memory and Ricky Nelson's deathly dark Lonesome Town.

Volume 4 is a DVD of all their clips, rounding out a package that traverses an evocative and deeply rich soundscape to reveal the ins and outs of a truly outstanding and enduring unit.

A mighty fine listen indeed.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.