Dave Diprose - Dave Diprose

Monday 1st June 1998
Dave Diprose - Dave Diprose

STYLE: Country
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Slingshot

Reviewed by Dancin' Dave Derbyshire

Yee ha! Dave Diprose sings country music that would not be out of place in the wild west. Yet he is an authentic Australian artist, "born in another Slate south across the sea." Dave accompanies himself using both an acoustic and an electric slide guitar and is backed with a number of instruments including drums, harmonica, banjo and fiddle. The album contains songs like "Moonlight In Her Hair" and "Keep The Candle Burning" which are love songs often telling his wife. Suzanne. how he misses her when separated by circumstances. In other songs like "Down In The Mines" and "In My Father's Time" he recalls his Tasmanian roots. But the main theme of the album comes over in songs like "Highway No I". "Rolling Down This Highway" and the title track of "Journey Along The Road" where he reflects on his travelling as a metaphor for the journey of life. Sometimes. Dave touches on the importance of making the most of our opportunities and taking the initiative on this journey as he sings. "I've never found the woman that I've been wanting/Just by waiting round." Other times, he reflects on what has happened to the dreams he had at the beginning of the journey, as the years have rolled past. In one song Dave sings to his wife. "God will keep you while I'm gone." but apart from this there is no overtly Christian message. And to be honest. I didn't find the music that interesting. Nevertheless, this album contains some good wholesome songs and even though Dave sings about the humps and bumps of life and how we all lose our way at times, he always seems to have something cheerful to say.

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