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Hello Me To You (2009)

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"Hello you to me and me to you and you to hopefully millions of others too!! Love it! Especially the cock-eyed instrumental run up and energy of chorus vocals! How to make a discordant out of tune guitar sound great!”

CHARLES FOSKETT 
(Veteran U.K. Record Producer for Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elvis Costello,  Richard Thompson, Nik Kershaw, Edwin Starr) 
MAY 2009 

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“Hello Me To You, it’s great.”

EDWYN COLLINS – MARCH 2010
(U.K. Singer Songwriter who penned the international smash hit, A Girl Like You)
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Australian multi-instrumentalist Victor Stranges has arrived. Take note, my fellow music lover, Stranges is going to have something say in the coming years. Like the humming of a well-worn turntable or the buzz from a magical amp, Stranges' songs feel familiar yet fresh, comforting yet ready to explode with new information. His melodic pop transmissions flow from the center of the galaxy, circle the planets and hover like shadows in the four corners of your mind. All of gentle, sweeping harmonies here are tender and accent each corner of every note. The immediate touchstone, hard to miss, is the horn-rimmed sophistication of Elvis Costello but he reminds me of Willy DeVille other areas but, yes, Costello is the elephant in Stranges' room and I find no fault as these songs sink deeper and deeper into each listen. 

While some may be off-put with the Costello histrionics, you either are down with the program here or you are not. I am trusting fans of intensely high-crafted songs from an artist in command of his wits and talent will win you over as it has me. Wow, the talent Victor Stranges possesses is immense and I can`t wait for his next exploration. A Winner! 

BRUCE BRODEEN
(Not Lame Recordings, U.S.A.)
MARCH 2010

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4.5 Stars
Pop/Rock Greatness

“Australia has given the music world AC/DC, Icehouse, Men At Work, Midnight Oil, Crowded House, and INXS amongst others. If there is any justice in the world, Victor Stranges will be amongst those great names in terms of recognition and accomplishment. Stranges’ 2009 album Hello Me To You is a piece of Pop/Rock near-perfection. There's very little here that Stranges doesn't do well; a striking accomplishment considering that the album is almost entirely written, produced, and performed by himself… there’s no doubt that Hello Me To You is one of the best examples of how enjoyable and well done Pop/Rock can be.”

HEATH ANDREWS
(Review You, U.S.A.)
NOVEMBER 2009

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“The shovel that Victor holds on the cover of his album is the very one I think he used to dig up an absolute nugget of a tune with Hello Me To You, and boy did he tap into a wonderfully rich vein of instantly contagious garage/pop! If you're not singing the chorus after one spin...you may need the shovel to strike yourself a fatal blow!”

ROB STEWART –
(Music Director – GOVE FM)
JANUARY 2010

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Hello Me To You, is the first “solo” album for Victor. It was recorded, engineered and produced at his new home studio in Melbourne, Australia. Having the home set up has enabled Victor to have a lot more control over the final production and the result is a bona fide pop record. “I’ve been listening to a lot of Matthew Sweet and The Kinks lately,” he says.

The album kicks off with the only co-written track on the album (with Matt Swanton), Morning Star. Weaving through an almost endless complex chord structure in the verse, the song resolves to the dumbest of dumb and infectious pop choruses (“do, do, do, do”). The second track, Hello Me To You, is probably the most hook laden song that Victor has committed to a recording. The Kinks styled song points to the late 1980s/early 1990s era when vinyl was “well and truly gone” from the mainstream. The song describes a mismatched romance (“I thought you liked The Replacements but Bon Jovi was what you meant”) and is also a glimpse into the record retail business (“on Fridays we were rigging the charts, my contribution to modern arts”).

Other stand out tracks include the Wilco meets Neil Finn song, “When The Morning Comes” which has a hypnotic piano that keeps you humming along. “Memories” is an interesting pop ballad; very Roy Orbison/Elvis Costello, both in its lyrics and sweeping 1960s Phil Spector production. “Is There Someone To Thank For All Of This?” could well be the perfect pop song on a parallel universe with strings in the middle eight section a la Paul McCartney.

The album jumps around different styles of music frequently. None more apparent than “The Colour Of Your Street Is Gold” which is a gospel song that Al Green could easily cover, complete with Motown style backing vocals. Though stylistically different, “You Can’t Buy Happiness,” is a seven minute closing track and plainly asks the question, “where is my Lord today?” Not that different to something that Chris Bell from Big Star would ask on his most personal songs.

Hello Me To You is an ambitious pop record with a spiritual yearning thrown in the mix. This is ear candy that speaks to the soul…turn it up!

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"The tracks have a sound that is quirky and full of vibe. The songs are designed with a sense of danger in that the melodies aren't so obvious and easy to follow (initially). That's part of the fun. I like the musical word puzzle created.

The cool thing is the music is very modern while avoiding the trappings of formula-driven writing recipes listeners have grown accustomed to. The concept achieves a balance of blending interesting challenging lines while working within the rock model - a cool mix."

TAXI USA - MAY 2008

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