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REVIEW | Melbourne, Florida – Dick Diver

Coming off the back of making the best Australian rock record of 2013, Dick Diver are obviously going through some growing pains. Their third LP, Melbourne, Florida attempts to shed off the “they just sound Aussie as” label that’s been applied to them countless times, both in name and in sound. Expanding their repertoire with buzzing synthesisers and horns, Melbourne, Florida is less immediate than 2013’s Calendar Days, allowing more time for an intro here, or a bouncy synth outro there. Ultimately Calendar Days still stands as the bands perfect musical statement, but Melbourne, Florida shows that even when Dick Diver don’t get it completely right, they still make fantastic music.

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