The Islander (album)

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The Islander
Studio album by Dave Dobbyn
Released 1998
Genre Rock
Length 52:14
Label Sony BMG
Producer Dave Dobbyn
Dave Dobbyn chronology
Twist
(1995)
The Islander
(1998)
Overnight Success
(1999)
Singles from The Islander
  1. ""Beside You""
    Released: June 1999 (1999-06)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link

The Islander is a 1998 album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn. It reached #1 on the New Zealand music charts.[1]

Background[edit]

The album's title comes from Dobbyn's reflection what it is to be a New Zealander: "I've come to terms with the fact that I'm a Pacific Islander a long time ago. There's nothing vaguely European about me apart from the colour of my skin. So I've called it The Islander because it's a stamp of identity."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Dave Dobbyn

No. Title Length
1. "Waiting"   3:47
2. "Mobile Home"   2:14
3. "Hanging in the Wire"   3:05
4. "Be Set Free"   3:52
5. "Beside You"   3:43
6. "Blindman's Bend"   4:44
7. "Standing Outside"   2:52
8. "What Have I Fallen For"   3:46
9. "I Never Left You"   3:24
10. "Keep a Light On"   3:20
11. "Hands"   3:54
12. "One Proud Minute"   5:04
13. "Hallelujah Song"   4:30

Critical reception[edit]

The album has been described as "quintessentially New Zealand" with Dobbyn at the peak of his talents. It is also noted as a culmination of the directness of his pub-rock DD Smash work and later rock albums, while 'Hallelujah Song' signals the start of his Christian influences in future releases.[3]

Credits[edit]

  • Bass – Alan Gregg (tracks: 1, 5, 8, 11), Bill McDonald (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 13)
  • Drums – Peter Luscombe (tracks: 2 to 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13), Ross Burge (tracks: 1, 5, 8, 11)
  • Guitar – Dave Dobbyn (tracks: 1 to 12), Neil Finn (tracks: 5, 6, 12)
  • Harmonica – Dave Dobbyn (tracks: 5, 12, 13)
  • Organ [Wurlitzer] – Dave Dobbyn (tracks: 4, 7, 8)
  • Percussion – Michael Barker (2) (tracks: 1, 7, 8, 11), Peter Luscombe (tracks: 2 to 4, 6, 7, 9)
  • Piano – Dave Dobbyn (tracks: 1, 5, 9, 12, 13)
  • Producer, Vocals – Dave Dobbyn
  • Recorded By, Mixed By – Sam Gibson

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Islander: Chart Listing". Archive. charts.org.nz. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Dobbyn, Dave. "Discography: The Islander". Discography. Sony. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Bollanger, Nick. "Essential New Zealand Albums: The Islander". Radio show. Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 4 October 2012.