01 Sep 2011
By Andy Fyfe, Mojo Magazine (UK)
A cult artist in the UK but a national treasure in Australia, Kelly is a veteran of 18 quality studio albums over 30 years. Forever revisiting and reinterpreting his own work, it's possible no other artist has had their catalogue curated quite like this 8-CD box set. Recorded at acoustic shows between 2004-10, 100 songs are revisited alphabetically, divided into the setlists for four nights in September at London's Bush Hall. Starting with Adelaide, which first appeared on 1985's Post, and finishing with Zoe from the 2006 Stardust Five surf side-project, the hits and obscurities encompass the loves and broken hearts of countless characters fictional and real, Aboriginal rights, blue collar injustice, a thousand elegant phrases and two cricketing legends (Don Bradman and Shane Warne). A staggering reinterpretation of a singer-songwriter amongst the greatest of his – or any other – generation.