Life lessons from the heart

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 November, 2007, 12:00am

You can't ut Newton Faulkner in a box because he is a bit of everything: soft rocker, guitar ace and folk artist. His debut album Hand Built by Robots is proof of his talent and versatility.

Above all, it is a collection of catchy songs that speak volumes about the human condition.

The album could easily be the soundtrack to a coming-of-age movie. Lost in love and out of work, the young man cries himself to sleep, finds solace in his dreams and wakes up realising that there may be hope in this world if people smiled more.

All these life lessons were summed up in The Beatles' song A Day in the Life on their classic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band exactly 40 years ago.

Faulkner somehow updates and expand them into 17 laidback songs, with humorous lyrics and delicate guitar playing rendering the messages more upbeat and easier to digest.

The single Dream Catch Me is irresistibly catchy while Feel Likes Home is like a massage for your ears. Straight Towards The Sun is a sad tune verging on the depressing, while Gone in the Morning is a bouncy track that you can't help but sing along too, even if you wake up feeling blue.

Hand Built by Robots is not only an album that deserves to stay on the chart but also a beautiful work of music that will stay in your mind and heart.