2 (Ned Collette album)

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2
Studio album by Ned Collette + Wirewalker
Released May 11, 2012 (Aus/NZ)
August 6, 2012 (Worldwide)
Genre Folk rock, Art rock
Length 39:18
Label Fire Records
Dot Dash Recordings
Producer Joe Talia, Ned Collette
Ned Collette + Wirewalker chronology
Over the Stones, Under the Stars
(2009)
2
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Time Out London 4/5 stars[2]
Bowlegs Music Review 9/10 stars[3]
Sydney Morning Herald 4/5 stars[4]
Sunday Herald Sun 3.5/5 stars[5]
Artrocker 5/5 stars[6]

2 is the second album by Australian folk-rock band Ned Collette + Wirewalker, released in 2012.

The title is a reference to the album being the second released under that band name, but also reflects the fact that the album is essentially a collaboration between Collette and longtime collaborator Joe Talia, with regular Wirewalker member Ben Bourke taking time off to be with his young family in Melbourne.[7] Parts of the album were recorded with the two artists working separately—Collette in Berlin and Talia in Melbourne—although Talia spent six weeks in Berlin in mid-2011 to expand the recordings before Collette returned to Melbourne for final mixing.[8] It features guest vocals by Gemma Ray and Laura Jean, among others. The album also features "For Roberto", an instrumental tribute to late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño.

Track listing[edit]

(All songs by Ned Collette, music by Ned Collette & Wirewalker)

  1. "Il Futuro Fantastico" – 5:39
  2. "Stampy" – 4:16
  3. "The Hedonist" – 4:16
  4. "How to Change a City" – 5:55
  5. "The Decision" – 4:54
  6. "Long You Lie" – 5:00
  7. "Happy Heart" – 1:47
  8. "For Roberto" – 3:24
  9. "What Lights Have You Seen?" – 4:13

Personnel[edit]

  • Ned Collette – voice, guitar, bass, synths, drums, drum machine
  • Joe Talia – drums, drum machine, synths, revox
  • Byron Scullin – saxophone ("Il Futuro Fantastico")
  • Gemma Ray – vocals ("The Decision")
  • Mirjam Smejkal – vocals ("The Hedonist")
  • Laura Jean – vocals ("How to Change a City")
  • Biddy Connor – vocals ("How to Change a City")
  • Sascha Gersak – vocals ("Long You Lie")

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Mark Demin, Allmusic, Retrieved 10 August, 2012
  2. ^ Bella Todd, Time Out London, 1 August, 2012.
  3. ^ [2] Michael Cornin, Bowlegs Music Review, Retrieved 13 August, 2012.
  4. ^ Kate Hennessy, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 May, 2012.
  5. ^ Graeme Hammond, Sunday Herald Sun, 27 May, 2012.
  6. ^ Luke McKenzie, Artrocker, October 1, 2012.
  7. ^ "Ned Collette & Wirewalker to release new album" Retrieved April 15, 2012
  8. ^ Alex Griffin, "Interview: Ned Collette", Life Is Noise Retrieved August 10, 2012