Whilst most musos would almost immediately embark on ambitious solo projects after the culmination of, for whatever reason, a team effort that largely resulted in rabid sales and commercial acclaim, Don Walker walked a different line. A 5-year hiatus after Cold Chisel's 1983 disbandment saw him travel round Europe, Asia and the like in search for, well, a break.
This album is Chisel's chief songwriter's first solo album and a rather deceptive introduction to his deep, almost dark world of music. From a man who penned some of Australia's most memorable tunes, comes a collection of songs unexplainably un-commercial and yet painstakingly beautiful. And therein lays the deception.
‘Unlimited Address' is as Australian as our red earth. Sparse yet striking, dry yet rich. This might very well be regarded as one of our greatest pieces of contemporary music that slipped under the commercial radar. And no one knows why.
Kicking off the jams with a Kings Cross ‘homage' in ‘When You Dance' and a bunch of twisted blues and alt-country tunes, Walker introduces his stellar crew with a rather conspicuous David Blight giving the harmonica a creative workout seldom heard on a studio album. Peter Walker, the album's erstwhile producer, guitarist sets a tone with the other Walker that echoes throughout the time they have the listener in their grasp.
Seamlessly flipping between varieties of playing styles yet intrinsically weaving a wave of musical precision, Catfish, the band, is on a journey (circa 1989) out to find meaning in what they give and little reason in what they take.
Part poet, part songwriter, Don Walker uses this album as a diving board into the vast realms of his personal experiences and our expectations. This remastered disc doesn't disappoint and should finally get the attention it so achingly deserves.
Listen. Learn. And definitely enjoy.