Carus Thompson – Shakespeare Avenue

Album Review | Valve Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Produced by Sean Lakeman and recorded in Dartmoor, Devon, Shakespeare Avenue is a showcase for ten original songs from the pen of Australian singer songwriter Carus Thompson.  The songs are delivered in a clear and direct manner, augmented by some fine accompaniment courtesy of Sean, his brother Seth and his wife and musical partner Kathryn Roberts. The songs would stand up in a solo context, but benefit further from some fine arrangements and accompaniment, notably the hypnotic feel good guitar on “End of the Day” and the pure radio pop of “Unless We Go Now”, an almost tangible flashback to The Equation.

Named for the address in Bath where his Grandfather lived before leaving for Australia, Shakespeare Avenue is the link between Thompson’s actual home and his ancestral home, as well as having the obvious poetic connotations.  Returning to that ancestral home, Carus brings a sense of place which effectively bridges the distance between each home on either side of the world, with references to both in “Shoulder” and “Yagan” on one side and “Land’s End” on the other.

Choice Track: End of the Day (NSV 499)