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CD Review: Colin Hay – Fierce Merce

Colin Hay – Fierce Merce

Come Tumblin’ Down, Secret Love, A Thousand Million Reasons, The Best In Me, Frozen Fields of Snow, The Last To Know, I’m Going to Get You Stoned, I’m Walking Here, Two Friends, She Was The Love Of Mine, I’m Inside Outside In, Blue Bay Moon, Love Don’t Mean Enough

The Scottish-born Colin Hay migrated to Australia and became an actor and a vocalist of Men at Work band.  Later, he went solo and made a career in the early 2000.  “Secret Love” is packed with adventure, mystery and excitement of falling in love secretly.  The instruments bring to mind Zorro who fought while riding his horse.  There’s something intriguing about the thread of the story as Colin Hay sings, “You pass by almost everyday…I struggle to find the words to say…I’m living in my own prison of war…My heart won’t be silent anymore…I may not recover…Since I discovered my Secret love”.  His heart’s battle cry is raging with the melody and volume beat rose to overflowing on to surrendering.  It draws on the relationship between fear of revelation and loving forever.  Which is stronger? The answer still lies in the phrase, “No guts, no glory!” Not getting out of the box will bring people to a cycle of limitations. 

“A Thousand Million Reasons” is singing like never before, being joyful for finding true love accompanied by a grateful heart.  The dreamy sound of the fiddle evokes sharing deep, tender moments in Paris and enchantingly paired with reasons and seasons.  As the lines go, “Into the rise and fall…Of each and every night and day…Together we’ll breathe into the wind” bringing the best in life.

“I’m Walking Here” is a rap which reveals complicated issues the world is facing.  It’s kind of like an awareness song which has grown increasingly more complex towards the end of the track.  Everyone’s crying out for a Savior and there’s none other than letting the light covers the dark.

“She Was The Love Of Mine” is fast becoming my favorite song in the album.  It’s a tribute to the mother.  It’s inspiring and moving at the same time as Colin Hay sings, “She was the love of mine…And I held her hand in mine…She has the mercy like the rising of the sea…She opened my eyes to wonder…In my wandering eyes I held her…In this moment her soul became a part of me…Mother of mine…You are the light that always shines…Into the world you let me see…She was the love of mine and we…We had the best of times”.  This track is truly a deep, unfathomable expression of love.
RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music Journalist, Country Music News International 





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