Vorn's Modern Classics is the work of an artist at the very peak of his game, a blind fury of creation that takes pop music as we know it, pulls its ironic T-shirt over its head, batters it with a sock full of dollar coins and leaves it stunned, bruised and strangely grateful.
Besides being a clutch of mature, perfectly crafted pop songs, rich in texture and unceasingly varying in tone, the Modern Classics are a work of musical revisionism - an alternative history of rock and/or roll.
Listening to this album, you step into a world where Abbey Road and Teen Pan Valley are midgets, overshadowed by the bedrooms and garages of Dunedin and Wellington. Where hip-hop starts with The Great Unwashed and Phil Spector waves his revolver at a young Don McGlashan in Chris Knox' garage - a concept album written for an age of iShuffling single-worshippers.
All the hallmarks of previous Vorn albums are there in spades - barbed-wire-sharp lyrics, stylistic U-turns, insanely catchy melodies - but here they are joined by lush horns, soaring strings and a sense of the big studio production of the 60's jammed into a damp basement in Johnsonville.
|2.||They Don't Kow You||3:17||MP3||NZ $1.99||Play||Buy|
|4.||That Night On Courtney Place||4:19||MP3||NZ $1.99||Play||Buy|
|5.||I Wanna Rock||3:02||MP3||NZ $1.99||Play||Buy|
|6.||Emplyee Assistance Programme||4:12||MP3||NZ $1.99||Play||Buy|
|7.||An Act Of Good Faith||3:53||MP3||NZ $1.99||Play||Buy|
|8.||Upper Hutt Symphony||2:26||MP3||NZ $1.99||Play||Buy|
|9.||The Trouble With Smart Girls||3:41||MP3||NZ $1.99||Play||Buy|
|10.||Small Worlds||3:17||MP3||NZ $1.99||Play||Buy|
|11.||Become Somebody||4:52||MP3||NZ $1.99||Play||Buy|
|12.||Shining Light||7:09||MP3||NZ $1.99||Play||Buy|