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March 2015 CLIPPING
Sunnyholt is a concept album about battlers. With references to Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, the La Perouse snake show and wrestler Mario Milano we could be nowhere but Sydney. The title track is what Lou Reed would have written if he grew up in 1970’s Blacktown rather than ’60s New York. Like poet Kenneth Slessor, who wrote of Kings Cross, “You find this ugly, I find it lovely.” Keyes finds beauty in the stories of the down-but-not-quite-out, creating working-class poetry from their lives and surroundings. 3 ½ Stars Barry Divola