Single Of The Week 15/09/97

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

Only The Bones (Will Show)
Deborah Conway

It's been pointed out to me more than once that my musical preferences show a marked leaning towards England and away from Australia. A quick examination of the Singles Of The Week on Gusworld shows this to be true, with only Savage Garden, Geisha, Collette, Kylie Minogue, Big Pig and Carol Hitchcock making the grade. Given that Kylie and Carol were both SAW alumni, and Collette wanted to be, that's just three really Australian acts over the course of a year or so.

Why is this? The most obvious explanation is that my favoured musical genre is solo female vocalists, and the Australian music scene is not particularly friendly towards artists who fit into this category. The list of really successful Australian female vocalists is a very short one indeed: Tina Arena, Kate Ceberano, Wendy Matthews, the aforementioned but very UK Kylie, and her erstwhile sister.

One other notable success, who has actually managed to carve a career from the pub-rock background that proves so unconduvice to female acts in the first place, is Deborah Conway. While Deborah's greatest success in the singles charts belongs to her time with Do Re Mi (and her anonymous appearance on the Sweet And Sour soundtrack), she's established a good niche in the album and live markets (which is where the money is) with her two solo albums to date, String Of Pearls and Bitch Epic. Now she is about to return.

Her new single, 'Only The Bones (Will Show)', combines the trademark Conway vocals and cynical lyrics with a harder, more produced sound. While Conway is one of the fairly small group of artists who really can sound good with just a guitar and a mike, it's refreshing to see her continuing to extend her musical boundaries. I await the album with interest.

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