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2004: Genevieve Maynard, Ghost Notes

Anemic Magazine
by Simon

Genevieve Maynard has fluttered around the Australian music scene for years on end. Her early work with Bughouse sucked Australian punters in from all over the place while her more recent trimmings with Stella One Eleven has continued that rise in the music spotlight for her.

After her debut album,"Ghost Notes" wowed the folk of the music industry with copious critical acclaim being pointed in her direction, Genevieve delivers her sophomore release, simply titled "Enter". Genevieve Maynard produces a typical do it your self solo majesty where playing every instrument and producing the music becomes as second nature.

"Enter" is a little more free flowing and accessible in comparison with its predecessor. Genevieve's hazy voice really sets the tone for the album as the opening flow of 'By the Water' and the simple swoon of 'Don't Come Morning' will continue to please fans and music followers alike.

'Rosie' is the album's strongest dabble with Genevieve's voice rising to a new level while the swift guitars and grounded drumbeats complement her voice nicely. 'Take It On' is full of tongue in cheek piss take remarks at the world's finer looking female, with guitars that sound very Australian rock and melodies that Genevieve has made her own in the recent times.

'Pillar of Salt' is filled with dark creepiness with slow basslines that seem promising only to be deflated by raw vocals that give the track an uneven shape. Tracks like 'The God Song' and 'Cellophone' even out the album a little more, as a more pop rock vibe makes a storming appearance, with catchiness and simple song arrangements bound to make the Triple M fanatic a little dribbly around the mouth.

"Enter" is an album that the average music listener will stick on and enjoy from front to back simply because of its accessibility. The fact that this bunch of tunes are delivered by someone who's a little different to your average FM whoring outfit will also draw a matter of interest.

The song structures are definitely of a modern rock nature, but at times, like modern rocks tends to do, becomes a little too predictable. There's no doubt that there's some quality within Genevieve Maynard's work, but at the end of the day "Enter" is an album that won't find its way out of the package all that often.

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