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Shona Laing – South – Vinyl Record

 

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Shona Laing South – South – Vinyl Record

South is a prominent album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Shona Laing, released in 1987. This album marks one of her most successful and impactful works, featuring a blend of pop, rock, and new wave elements. South is particularly noted for its intelligent lyrics and distinctive sound, which helped establish Laing as a significant figure in the New Zealand music scene and beyond.

The album showcases Laing’s deep and expressive voice, set against a backdrop of synthesizers and guitars, typical of the era’s musical style. The lyrics are thoughtful and often introspective, dealing with themes such as personal reflection, societal issues, and commentary on human behavior.

Key Tracks:
“Glad I’m Not a Kennedy” – The most famous track from the album, which discusses the burdens of fame and the complexities of public life, alluded through the lens of the Kennedy family tragedies. This song gained considerable international attention and is one of Laing’s most recognized works.
“South” – The title track, which reflects on her emotional and geographical journeys, blending personal insights with broader existential themes.

Upon its release, South received critical acclaim for its sophisticated songwriting and production. The album solidified Laing’s reputation as a talented and serious artist capable of conveying complex emotions and ideas through her music.

South remains a significant album in the New Zealand music canon, celebrated for its lyrical depth and innovative sound. It played a crucial role in the late 1980s New Zealand music scene, influencing a generation of songwriters and musicians in the country. Shona Laing’s work, particularly on this album, is often cited for its artistic integrity and the way it captures a specific era of New Zealand music.

For fans of thoughtful pop and rock with a new wave twist, South by Shona Laing offers a rich, emotive listening experience that blends catchy melodies with profound lyrical narratives. The album is a showcase of Laing’s talent and remains a landmark in the landscape of 1980s music.

Singer/songwriter Shona Laing was a star in her native New Zealand before the age of 20 and has remained a notable artist known for her insightful lyrics since the early ’70s. Born in 1955, Laing’s musical career was given a boost by her successful appearances on television talent contests, which led to her signing a record deal with Phonogram in 1972.

Her first single, “1905,” was a Top Ten hit in New Zealand and, over the next three years, she released a series of songs that duplicated that feat, earning numerous regional recording awards. Relocating to London in 1975, she continued to perform at folk clubs and at the beginning of the ’80s, she released several singles through EMI, which culled them together as the full-length Tied to the Tracks in 1982.

Enlisted by Manfred Mann, who had heard one of her songs, Laing joined his Earth Band, singing backup on their Somewhere in Afrika release. Returning to New Zealand in 1985, she released Genre, which received little notice until the track “(Glad I’m) Not a Kennedy” became a hit. The song was picked up by college radio stations in the U.S. when it was included on her South set in 1987, along with the driving “Soviet Snow,” which enjoyed some play from MTV. The attention earned her a deal with Epic, the label on which her 1992 release New on Earth was issued.

Well-received critically, the album was lost in the shuffle and Laing was dropped. She remained a respected artist in New Zealand and continued to record through the end of the ’90s. Currently she resides in New Zealand and occasionally plays live shows, enjoying a small but devoted fan base.

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Track Listing
Drive Baby Drive
Caught 3. Neat And Tidy
The Migrant And Refugee
Soviet Snow
Glad I’m Not A Kennedy
Your Reputation
The Bishop
Dockyard On A River
Highway Warriors
South

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