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Exiles From Eden

by Glenn Cardier

Highly original, lyrical folk/rock/blues
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Exiles From Eden
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2. Angelica
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3. Cold Out There
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4. Watch Out (Love Gonna Getcha)
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5. Invisible Ink
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6. Drive That Car
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7. Life of the Party
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8. Flash Guitar
3:57 $0.99
9. Water Into Wine
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10. Uncharted Waters
3:02 $0.99
11. Face the Day
3:55 $0.99
12. She's the One For Me
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13. Catch Me If I Fall
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14. All's Well (That Ends Well)
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Album Notes
Australian singer/songwriter Glenn Cardier is Australia's most unique songwriter. Cardier has a powerful stage presence, his fiery guitar playing underpins his swampy growl and his mad humour, while at times there's more than a hint of Berlin Cabaret in his delivery. Cardier has toured with Spike Milligan, Frank Zappa and Fairport Convention.
'...some of the finest songwriting this country has produced...' Bruce Elder (Sydney Morning Herald)
'...Four Stars!'Anthony O'Grady (The Australian)
'...a national treasure...' (Glenn A Baker)

Review by Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald 5/4/08

Glenn Cardier has been around on the edges of the mainstream Australian music scene since the early 1970’s when he worked mainly in the folk circuit. Over the years he has gravitated towards the blues and found his own very distinctive mode of gruff delivery.
With Exiles From Eden he has delivered his best album ever. Good lyrics, interesting and original music, simple but effective arrangements. It is characterised by some of the finest songwriting this country has produced.
Life Of The Party is a haunting, menacing tour de force. Angelica is one of the most interesting R&B compositions you’ll hear anywhere - very unusual and very clever. Watch Out (Love Gonna Getcha) is so delightfully swampy it could be covered by Tony Joe White and Invisible Ink is a magical ballad that lyrically draws a clever parallel between kids’ games and adult secrets.
This is a very good album from a musician who has followed his own original muse without compromise.

Weekend Australian 12/1/2008
4 Stars!!!

Glenn Cardier was a leading light of Australia’s early 1970s folk scene. He made two acoustic albums, did the wine bar-uni circuit and played Sunbury twice. He used to be very confessional, sometimes uncomfortably so. What kept me listening was his mellifluous timbre and his wry, observant rhymes. He was a long-term opening act for comedian Spike Milligan and his music had more than a tinge of Milligan’s brilliant mania. These days, Cardier can get gruff with the blues but hasn’t lost his silken acoustic touch. His music is rootsy blues and folk, now beefed up by power chords. His delivery is chanson, European style of declamation where emotion is enunciated with savoir faire. On Exiles From Eden he’s both vulnerable and tensile - open to life, with a wary eye for storm clouds on the horizon. Flash Guitar is an unsentimental story of a long-time love affair with music, Watch Out is growling swamp blues, Uncharted Waters is a gentle love song, and She’s The One For Me has the album’s most playful and delightful rhyme: “ghetto, falsetto, Rigoletto”.
(Anthony O’Grady)

‘Musical Evolution’ by Keith Glass
Capital News Magazine, March 2008
Artists reviewed Glenn Cardier, Drive-By Truckers, Corb Lund, Levon Helm

Local lad GLENN CARDIER is first up with the second release since his re-emergence (he put out some highly sought after albums in the mid 1970’s.) Once again he plays all the instruments (if I’m reading the notes correctly) and does an extraordinary job on every one to get the exact sound he is after. Roots music variety is the result. Every song has a distinctive arrangement with the distinctive tough but tender vocal of Cardier fleshing out lyrics that definitely have something to say. From the lost love reminiscence of opener and title track Exiles From Eden to the surprise happy ending of Flash Guitar there is plenty here to sustain interest. Glenn should be trumpeted as one of our finest, an original and a craftsman of the highest order. I don’t see any such awards flowing his way but maybe the work is compensation enough. That is the way it should be for this quiet achiever - only make a big noise on disc. Don’t worry Glenn, they will come.

Exiles From Eden
Glenn Cardier

I’ve been hanging on to this one for quite a while before writing about it. If you’re going to unleash a barrel of superlatives, you want to think about it first. I’ve listened to this in all sorts of situations: driving, reflecting, working. I once even tried to have it on in the background, but that’s a path fraught with danger. This music is so compelling it demands that you listen. There’s nothing casual about the album, and if you just try to have it on quietly to hum along to, it grabs you by the throat and makes you pay attention. After listening to “Exiles From Eden” a lot, I think it just may be the best Australian release this century. Certainly if you’re adult, appreciate rock’s rich heritage and understand that music is about an array of emotions, experiences and opportunities. Put simply this is an essential album if you’re serious about music.

Opening with the title track, the underlying themes are established early. This is an album of reflection, of paths taken and paths ignored. It is a tribute to life that could only be written with a wealth of experience behind you. No twenty year old is going to understand that “if it falls apart…them’s the breaks”. Underpinning that understanding is the affirmation that when all is said and done, life is a positive. We all come to a place where all shall be forgiven. If you’ve ever reflected on those big questions of life at 2am, you’ll understand that we are all exiles from Eden.

“Angelica” is a call to arms after the pensive opening. Cardier’s call to “let the festivities begin, let the craziness commence” is the perfect set up to the rest of the album. With a hurrumpa tum beat driving the song forward, Cardier’s vocal moves from his patented growl through to moments of real tenderness as he addresses his sweet Angelica directly. As his guitar work swirls and drives; two songs in and I’ll be surprised if you’re not already hooked.

To these ears “Cold Out There” is perhaps the best song on the album. Cardier juxtaposes a scene outside that’s “colder than it’s ever been”, with an interior where there’s a fire roaring to keep you safe. It captures the album in a song: no matter how bad life seems, no matter how desperate the circumstances, there’s always our sense of belief that can pull us through. The melody stays with you, finding that place in your brain where all memorable moments eventually come to stay. With a mini “wall of sound” highlighted by the introduction of keyboards, this is a song that enters your head and your heart.

Love emerges as the ultimate redemptive force on this tour of the human condition, and Cardier rumbles a smiling warning to “Watch Out (Love Gonna Getcha)”. This is the sound aficionados will recognise from the previous two albums. There’s all the confusion and excitement of falling in love, a warning of what it can do to you, but ultimately when that meteor called love hits you, it “give the big, bad world a rosy glow”.

If you’ve been with Cardier since the 1970’s, you will be well aware of his capacity to write songs of such tenderness and sensitivity that in a just world they’d be on constant rotation on every romantic radio station in the world. “Invisible Ink” is the latest, and deserves to be acclaimed as a classic. I have heard this performed live, and it had a dramatic impact. The audience, hearing it for the very first time, were absolutely spellbound. There was a stunned silence as the song finished, no one daring to breathe in case the spell was broken. On disc, it reaches through the speakers and grabs you by the heart. Once heard, instantly loved.

There’s obviously been a lot of thought gone into the sequencing of “Exiles From Eden”. Just as “Invisible Ink” has you starting to melt, “Drive That Car” brings back the rockin’ good ol’ boy with his guitar slung low, just ready to rock, and kick a little ass if necessary. We all dream of escaping to “who the hell knows where”, and Cardier lets us join him in his fuel driven romp.

The real world is kept at bay in “Life Of The Party”. The redemptive power of love becomes the means to “live it up like there’s no tomorrow”. Tender, hopeful and beautifully sung, “Life Of The Party” is a glimpse into our secret desires as we dream of that perfect relationship that will enable us all to experience “a love that will last forever and ever”.

“Flash Guitar” is the story song Cardier has always excelled in. In less sensitive hands this would’ve been a grumpy old man story, but Cardier has a lot more class than that. Telling the story of the discovery, loss and rediscovery of his “flash guitar”, he could’ve simply turned it into a nostalgic romp. With the single line, “I had a big old stupid grin”, he instead creates the universal joy of capturing the lightning of a past memory in a bottle.

“Water Into Wine” swaggers along with a grunt that makes “Uncharted Waters” seem all the more vulnerable. That heart wrenching moment of self doubt as you find yourself falling into a new relationship is captured perfectly in “Uncharted Waters”. Is a human ever more vulnerable than at that moment when they’re playing the possibilities out in their head? This song takes you exactly there, when you simply “want to gaze into your eyes and never wonder why…” The dream that keeps us all living.

The tenderness and humanity Cardier finds in “Uncharted Waters” helps sustain him when “you come undone”. That’s the time to “Face The Day”, and eleven tracks in we’re all as ready as we’ll ever be. There’s an optimism that shines through the doubts, and when you meet the object of his desire in “She’s The One For Me”, you can celebrate the joy and laughter as she dances on the table.

The frailties of self doubt aren’t quite conquered as there’s still a need to “Catch Me If I Fall”. The album is a human story, and you know he really means it when he sings, “I promise not to break the promises I make”, but you also know that he needs his love to “get me off my knees, lean me up against the wall”.

By the album reaches a conclusion the jury’s still out. Redemption or the path to hell? If you’ve lived life to the full, then love is redemptive, and ultimately “All’s Well (That Ends Well)”. This is the perfect closer to an album that is powerfully and unashamedly emotional.

“Exiles From Eden” is a great album for a number of reasons. Cardier has never played, sang or written better, and that in itself is really saying something. More importantly, he has crafted an album that is cohesive, compelling and utterly captivating. He lets you inside his head and his heart. It is that dazzling combination of intellect and emotion that helps make this a truly great album rather than a collection of wonderful songs.

And after listening to it in so many places, where is the best? A comfortable chair in front of a fire on a winter’s eve has its claims, but if you really want to feel the impact of “Exiles From Eden” play it loud on a lonely, moonwashed and misty night, driving a country road with a hint of menace lurking just outside the arc of your headlights. You’ll never forget it.

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