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Spun: Kim Churchill

Turns to Stone

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The Gauntlet offices are often flooded with new records, making it tempting to simply toss discs out based on artwork alone. Australian native Kim Churchill's second album, Turns to Stone, was no exception, being one of the most terribly designed albums since Brooks & Dunn's Hard Workin' Man.

However, since someone took the effort to send this wretched-looking disc to an obscure campus newspaper office, then they must have been trying to connect with university students. Thus, the album was given the careful consideration that it was due. Unfortunately, it did not take long to realize that Turns to Stone will probably not appeal to university students. The album combines Churchill's eighth-grade level poetry skills with his severely lacking vocals, creating the ultimate album for forty-something stay-at-home mothers and their tween daughters through whom they live vicariously. Churchill's capacity as a talented whistler and guitar strummer is not enough to redeem him.

Just try not to let your brain hemorrhage when, in the song "It's the System," Churchill reaches lyrical perfection with the lines "Sometimes this world makes me mad/sometimes this world makes me sad." It's just too easy and too boring.

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Severely misguided you folks are. Obviously you can\'t recognize raw talent when it stares you in the face.

If you are aiming to show the world you are a moron, well done. Mission accomplished loser.

Wow! I think you are very misguided I\'m afraid. Have you actually ever seen Kim perform??? Obviously not because anyone who has is blown away by his talents. The ep was very roughly recorded in a cabin and it was meant to be completely \"raw\"...which it is. I think you\'ve been listening to too many electro beats or something that your taste and your judgment on real music and true talent has been severely skewed. If your opinions were even remotely correct, Kim would not be playing at large festivals alongside artists like Xavier Rudd, Ben Harper, and BOB DYLAN! Maybe you should think about a new profession...

To the grossly mislead Remi Watts,
Obviously this style of music does not appeal to you and that is fair enough. But to reduce Churchill\'s lyrics and musicianship to that of an eighth grader is simply incorrect. Kim has been recognised as one of Australia\'s best guitarists at only 19 by Blues fest organiser Peter noble, and if you are ever fortunate enough to watch him play live you would see why. Perhaps this e.p is not the greatest example of his abilities as is supposed to be an example of his more chilled out music, and was recorded completely raw in a surf shack with microphones hanging from the ceiling. You would have realised this if had opened the cover and spent the time to read its contents.
Kim musician style has elements of the blues, particularly evident in some songs from his album \"With Sword and Shield\" such as \"It\'s this system\" and if you do some research on the blues greats, you\'ll find some pretty common simplicity in lyrics. Your comments seem excessively slanderous.

Kim\'s voice may not be for everyone, but in terms of his genre - it\'s ideal, if not perfect.

For a music reviewer your mislead and uninformed comments would warrant a change in career as your comprehension of different music genres could be likened with that of an eighth grader.

Wow...very first negative review I have read on this extremely talented musician. I saw him perform live and was blown away. Obviously you do not recognize talent. Go back to your Justin Beiber records!

I agree with Simon, betty\'s comments show her not to have thought critically about this review. The review exemplifies post-modern genius in defying norms of examining an artistic work as it is presented, in relevant local, regional, and international contexts, before supplying evaluation. Breaking the convention of not sucking off the Billboard top 40 or the local festival elites through the Internet gloryhole to compose a dissenting opinion certainly deserves more than a casual slap on the ass. How dare betty not recognise an expression of someone who thinks for himself in its purest form.

I also agree with Jasmine that we shouldn\'t judge each creative effort by its artistic merits, but should simply accept that because the artist has done related work in a different context regardless if the artists\' skill and talent transfer. We should blindly consume all further work released, even if the execution or dozens of other factors may intrude in their presentation.

Zac is also correct in that the artist\'s talent at composing and singing prose should be measured by his ability to move his dextrous hands back and forth. I\'m surprised that fewer labels have not yet discovered the wealth of lyrical genius remaining untapped in front of the computer in the bedrooms of 13-year-old boys.

Susan is also correct that those in other parts of the world should not be entitled to form opinions about art that is presented to them, but should instead adopt the cultural and social biases of those who got there first. Only with more cultural imperialism and the undeniable ability to be correct all the time about everything can we ensure that the world continues to enjoy and practice cultural and artistic diversity.

Bravo!

Interesting points, Anon Cow Herd.

Also, to all of you other folks who mentioned about the whole playing live thing. Your criticism isn\'t fair since this is an ALBUM review.
Furthermore, I think Remi\'s mention that Churchill fits in nicely with satellite radio nonsense reveals Jasmine\'s festival comment as being empty.

Question to Susan: do they really press Beiber to Vinyl these days?

Congratulations to Mr. Watts for having the courage to tell it how it is. The music world is becoming over saturated by boring and pretentious singer songwriters who are marginally interesting. Boring melodies paired with questionable lyricism is the current opiate of the masses so I can see why these people disagree with the reviewer. However, that does not change the fact that this album along with this whole mundane safe-singer-songwriter thing seems like a fleeting trend to provide a Starbucks soundtrack by a dying music industry.

Also funny, the way all of the people who disagree with this assessment either insult Mr. Watts or try to provide an example of a genre he may enjoy as a means to reveal his inaptitude when reviewing this. Even if he has \"been listening to too many electro beats or something that your taste and your judgment on real music and true talent has been severely skewed\" or if he really should \"Go back to [his] Justin Beiber records!\" doesn\'t mean his ears are wrong in his assessment that this is \"just too easy and too boring.\" And fyi, its unlikely someone from the Gauntlet would consider cd reviewing their profession, alluded to in the comment that \"someone took the effort to send this wretched-looking disc to an obscure campus newspaper office\"

Well said Susan I think who ever wrote this obviously struggles to identify talent and is more interested in marketing than talent. Good to see Kim is having a laugh at this review on facebook though

Anyone who has a different opinion than I do is definitely wrong. And probably a Communist.

Could someone please review this review, and the reviews of the review, for AP this week?

I hardly ever comment upon online reviews, but was particularly offended by this one and Remi\'s representation of university student\'s opinions and level of intelligence. Firstly, the stereotyping of \"stay at home mothers with their tween daughters through whom they live vicariously\" is derogatory, if not borderline sexist. Secondly your sarcastic criticism, \"Churchill reaches lyrical perfection\", offers no reason as to what is wrong with the lyric. If nothing else, it merely proves you choose to \'slag off\' simplicity in the arrogant attempt to prove you are more intelligent. This stale form of wit really is a shameful representation of university students hoping to offer insightful reviews of someone\'s creative output. It is one thing to use big words, (as i have noticed in your other reviews you do as if it is going out of fashion) but to criticise so cruelly someone\'s choice of simple words proves only that you have not yet realised the beauty of simplicity. When you get to the top, you will realise you are at the bottom.
I\'m glad your still in school Remi, because you have a lot to learn.

After reading the other comments I want to say overall, that everyone is entitled to their opinions and of course not everyone will love every style of music or every artist. With that said, I still think that Mr. Watts should have taken a moment before he spewed his judgement about a young artist who is attempting to differentiate himself and his music amongst an industry full of artists desperately trying to fit into the current \"scene\". Kim does not want to be a cookie-cutter artist and is not interested in making music simply to get his name on the charts. He truly writes from within and tells stories about his life through his lyrics. You can judge him by a lyric or a song he wrote when he was in year 10 (\"It\'s This System\") if you feel that is fair...but failing to recognize any of his other lyrics is a shame.
Take my favourite lyrics for example...
\"It might not be a book that makes you happy or a god above to see...oh he finds happiness walkin on like a swagman free...for whatever keeps your soul on fire helps to keep your heart at ease.\"
I feel these lyrics speak to many people very deeply. I know when I first heard \"Loving Home\" I thought \"he\'s describing me and how I live my life\". Much of Kim\'s music does this. It touches people and speaks to them in a powerful way and it\'s truly unfortunate that Mr. Watts and the others who\'ve written negative comments, have not been able to experience that. For the rest of us, we\'ll continue to listen, enjoy, and appreciate Kim\'s many talents.

Jasmine, you see the wonderful subjective side of music - the cheesy but relevant \'to each their own\'! Despite disagreeing with you about the music itself and all that, I can respect what you\'ve said here.

As of Dennis the Menace, it sounds like someone has some emotional issues needing to be dealt with...