TIDEMARKS: ROSS MULLINS SINGS NEW ZEALAND POETS
featuring Caitlin Smith
Alistair Te Ariki Campbell: Why Don�t You Talk To Me
Robin Hyde: White Irises
James K. Baxter: The Bay
Robin Hyde: Two Lovers (from The Beaches VI)
A.R.D. Fairburn: Rhyme Of The Dead Self
James K. Baxter: My Love Late Walking
Robin Hyde: Tidemarks
Alistair Te Ariki Campbell: Senex
A.R.D. Fairburn: To A Friend In The Wilderness (extract)
Ruth Gilbert: Not Made With Hands
Ross Mullins: Where Fairburn Walked
KING OF THE MERCURIES (1997) ODE-BMG CDMANU 1526
Mullins brings a visual clarity to the small memories and observations...his strongest, most consistent album in years
GRAHAM REID NZ HERALD 5 JUNE 1997
A warmer introduction to winter you couldn�t wish for...an album of simple and sharp odes...another reason to buy local
BRENT CARDY REAL GROOVE JUNE 1997
King of the Mercuries showcases Ross Mullins� songwriting skills...his lyrics are witty, humorous and thoroughly embedded in New Zealandia
PETER DENT NZ MUSICIAN JULY 1997
Mullins has established his vignettes of Kiwi culture over four previous albums. Here he continues to squeeze the New Zealand short story into song form
NICK BOLLINGER NZ LISTENER 26 JULY 1997
Treading close to the potholes of Kiwiana nostalgia...Mullins is always saved by his wit and the emotional clarity and directness of his writing, taking us down the drive and into the neighbourhood through his eyes.
PAVEMENT OCTOBER 1997
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STRANGER AT THE RANCHSLIDER (1994) ODE CDMANU 1464
It's great to hear well-thought out, -arranged and -recorded songs
about life in this country.
NZ MUSICIAN MAY 1994
A different slant on jazz ... with lyrics that are distinctly homegrown makes this album a definite winner.
THE STRIP APRIL 1994
This album is strong on melody and there is a healthy dose of humour in Mullins' sardonic lyrical delivery.
STAMP MAY 1994
Mullins hasn't had the radio and TV play he deserves.
REAL GROOVE MAY 1994
Ross Mullins occupies a special niche among songwriters ... his lyrics possess a unique and distinctly New Zealand flavour.
NZ MUSICIAN JUNE 1994
PARTING SHOTS (1988) ODE LP/CASS 290 CD 1290
The outstanding feature throughout is Mullins' lyrics. They are astute observations on New Zealand life.
NZ HERALD 14/10/88
Parting Shots offer more insight into the New Zealand culture than we have a right to expect from a single songwriter ... I only hope that the album title does not mean that Last Man Down is saying goodbye. If you care about New Zealand music, buy all three just in case.
AUDIO-VIDEO APRIL - MAY 1989
I am grateful that this country has such a talent. May we continue to observe and enjoy ourselves through the music of Ross Mullins.
RIP-IT-UP OCTOBER 1988
Mullins has a fine reputation for his lyrics ... He continues in that tradition on this CD.
THIS SPORTING LIFE (1986) ODE LP/CASS 244
Highly developed lyrical sense, a truly excellent band and a really nice sound..
NZ HERALD 12/9/86
A mirror of kiwi racing, rugby and booze life, by one of New Zealand's more original groups. A nice slice of subtle, indigenous humour.
True New Zealand folklore.
AUCKLAND STAR 25/9/86
An insightful collection of portraits and images of Godzone remarkably similar in scope and tone to Randy Newman's master work about the American South, Good Old Boys ... another significant contribution to the New Zealand music catalogue.
RIP-IT-UP NOVEMBER 1986
Mullins sings songs that should be listened to. They are acute observations on New Zealand life without the button-pushing icons that so many other lyricists resort to.
METRO DECEMBER 1986
STATE HOUSE KID (1985) ODE LP/CASS 210
the sharpest, wittiest and most compassionate lyric writing you've probably ever heard from a local recording artist ... an exciting event on the New Zealand music scene
RIP-IT-UP JUNE 1985
the album surpasses the cheap-production bracket and comes out impressive ... a debut that comes on strong and confident
NZ HERALD 12/6/85
sharply observant homegrown lyrics and warm melodies... warmly recommended.
AUCKLAND STAR 23/5/85
at their best Mullins' songs squeeze out hermetically sealed insights on New Zealand life rarely captured by our best social critics.
DOLLY JULY 1985
a power of observation that I don't think has ever been seen before in a New Zealand album.
NEW OUTLOOK SEPTEMBER 1985
a collector's item in years to come.