Album Reviews: Vulture Street by PowderfingerThis Brisbane five-piece has, over the course of ten years and a handful of albums, become hugely popular in the band’s native Australia. First tasting success with 1996's double platinum-selling Double Allergic, the band continued to cultivate its classic radio-friendly sound over the course of the next few years. In 2000, Odyssey #5 went platinum five times over in Australia, and Universal saw fit to begin releasing the band's albums worldwide. Flaunting a highly accessible sound with nods toward folk-rock (the band's name refers to a Neil Young song), as well as slight psychedelic touches, Powderfinger comfortably serves up classic rock sounds in a smooth modern rock package.
Vulture Street should make significant inroads for Powderfinger into the American market, as the band more comfortably settles into midtempo bluesy rock than on past releases. The format works well, and compliments singer Bernard Fanning's soulful delivery, one of the band's finer assets. Tracks like "Since You've Been Gone" and "Stumblin'" showcase Powderfinger's effortless ability to incorporate Rolling Stones-inspired rhythm and blues with a heavier, slightly grungier contemporary twist. This band doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel, but nonetheless melds its various influences skillfully, creating an entirely radio-friendly rock sound that should appeal to classic and modern rock listeners alike. - Cory O'Malley
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