Tom Morgan - Orange Syringe

If the name Tom Morgan rings a bell at all, it will probably be due to tunes like 'It's A Shame About Ray' that he wrote for The Lemonheads or his time in Australian indie rockers Smudge. Orange Syringe is his first proper solo effort, showcasing a low-key, sometimes countrified sound alongside Morgan's unassuming vocals.

Those looking for echoes of past glories will enjoy the more up-tempo tracks like 'Taste For Blood' and 'Fatherland' ("Who would want to live in a trailer park? / Spend their summers in a caravan?") which are sharp reminders of Morgan's wry way with a line, although the slow numbers are more anonymous. The brooding 'Jungle Boy' has promise but is let down by the basic nature of the production; indeed the whole album has the air of a collection of demos rather than being the finished item. One, we suspect, for Lemonheads completists only.

Overall

5

out of 10

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