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Boomkat Product Review:
The rather silly pseudonym Lawrence Arabia is the invention of New Zealander James Milne, a former member of The Ruby Suns, The Brunettes and - in a touring capacity - Okkervil River. As a songwriter there's a certain amount of classicism to Milne's approach: he wields a steel strung acoustic guitar and isn't shy of calling upon a big arrangement for impact's sake, resulting in a serviceable midtempo opener such as 'Look Like A Fool', which to some extent evokes some of Lightspeed Champion's debut album (though is slightly marred by a patch of sloppy guitar playing in the middle). More wholeheartedly of interest is 'Auckland CBD', which swaggers into lighthearted Afro-pop mode from out of nowhere, but the finest tracks here tend to be of a more explicitly upbeat character, with 'Apple Pie Bed' making an impression as an exercise in retro soul sensibilities, 'Eye A' succeeding as something approaching a '60s take on Of Montreal and the rollicking country rock of 'I've Smoked Too Much' sinking its hooks in deep within its opening bars.