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Senso (Stephen Cummings)1 - Unnamed

"Senso was the debut solo album for Melbournian, Stephen Cummings. Fresh from a rich tenure with The Sports, Cummings entered the solo recording world with a pocket full of hooks and an album of subtle ambition. With the Sports, Cummings had hit pay dirt with the likes of Who Listens to the Radio, Don't Throw Stones, Strangers on a Train and How Come. Senso saw Cummings blending cool grooves with synth-pop. Still, the record was anything but synthetic. 

The assembled payers included Joe Camilleri, Vince Jones, Joe Creighton and drummers Pete Luscombe and Ricky Fataar. Released in 1984, the album was packed with hit singles. Gymnasium led the pack. Better songs included Another Kick in the Head, The Company Turns Ugly and My Mission Tonight. Two choice covers that showcase Cummings vocal prowess were Backstabbers and Only a Lonely Man. Produced by his former Sports cohort, Martin Armiger, Senso never achieved the chart success it deserved. The quality of the work, however, far exceeds any kudos that gold records might offer. 

A seamless affair, Senso was the last time Cummings threw himself wholeheartedly into the pop pool. Still, like his later work, Senso was full of dark shadows and lilting images. 

These days you'll find the disc in the lower price bins. As an added bonus, the CD issue also features the criminally underrated debut single, We All Make Mistakes." 

by Mitchell Peters - What's On, Courier Mail, 17 October 1996


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