Graham Reid | | <1 min read
South Island singer-songwriter Puffin came to national attention with an amusing doco which followed him on an extensive, smalltown tour.
The success of that film somewhat delayed this follow-up to his 2003 debut Stuff Like That (which went largely unnoticed it must be said).
Puffin has a strong sense of songcraft and there are songs here (Beyond the Breakers, Even Keel, Human Enough) which wouldn't shame Jeff (Wilco) Tweedy's or Neil Finn's catalogues. He also has a wry lyrical sense, and here an accomplished band to polish up these mostly gentle musings. This is a modest album in many ways, but that takes nothing away from it.
There is wonderful heart and intelligence at work, and Puffin deserves to score radio play for any number of these folk-pop outings.