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7.8

Sparkadia
Postcards

I was beginning to think that the Australian music community wasn't capable of producing music that was both commercially appealing and possessing an element of depth and substance. Enter Sparkadia, who create songs that are catchy as hell, yet delivered with just enough emotional connection to make them sound believable and sincere. On this, their debut record, previously released tracks such as Morning Light and Animals find themselves snuggly aligned amongst fresh tunes like the bittersweet theatrical wonder - Connected. The result is an album that flows smoothly and above all showcases just how great this band is at doing what they do.

As catchy and enjoyable as this record is, it - like 94% of all music to come out of the overcrowded indie pop rock genre - still suffers from sounding slightly repetitive and a little light on ideas after a while. The emotive vocals add a lot to boost Sparkadia above their competitors but if there is a negative side to Postcards it's that it doesn't offer a great deal of surprises.

But there is still plenty to enjoy. The opening track, a polished version of the old demo, Too Much To Do, is arguably the group's finest moment to date. It's not only a fantastically well structured pop track, but it also takes a single idea and communicates it well, just like all the other moments when Sparkadia are at their best. It's about time us mid-20 workaholics had our own anthem.

The reworking of Morning Light, while feeling like a slightly watered down version of the original, is still a great slice of carefree lo-fi party music. Help Yourself, a piano-led down tempo tune relies heavily on the story-telling delivery of the lyrics. The haunting nature of Jealously is brilliant, the fragility of the vocals working perfectly with the subject matter. Also, the contrast the band successfully create with slower tracks such as Our Own Way set along side the thrusting bursts of life of Animals is a nice trick of keeping everything interesting and a great opportunity for the band to show off their ability to switch styles and keep the listener hooked.

This album won't set your brain, heart or soul on fire with it's awesomeness but it definitely achieves what it aims to do. Sparkadia, suprisingly enough, have risen to the occasion and created a debut record that is not only worthy of praise as an enjoyable 45 minutes of music but also worthy of the commercial success the band seem destined for.

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