Old Chook Music Nikki Madden CD-EP sp4-012 Make Love Not War ...'you can wake up in the morning saying 'who's that in my bed' Take Your Clothes Off ... 'when you're sitting in the dark because you can't afford the CO2, let your love light shine, that'll have to do.' Beautiful Man ...'then one day he discovers that to give is to gain, where an ordinary boy had lain - such a beautiful man' Next of Skin ...'husband and wife doesn't quite get it right' Rhodes piano - Matt McMahon Bass - Brett Hirst Drums - Hamish Stuart Violin - Daniel Weltlinger Sax - Neill Duncan Pedal steel and percussion - John Stuart Vocal and guitar - Nikki Madden Recorded and mixed by John Stuart at Sound Heaven, Wentworth Falls, NSW Australia Tr.1 - Make Love Not War (4.23) Tr.2 - Take Your Clothes Off (3.43) Tr.3 - Beautiful Man (3.47) Tr.4 - Next of Skin (4.11) Song lyrics available on Nikki's website. 'Exceedingly witty songwriter hits home with lines such as 'where there's a will there's a lawyer'. Madden possesses a follow-if-you-can vibrato that won't sit still but the lyrics are the real draw here. Intelligent, acerbic, and impishly clever.' listen reviewer '.....so I keep the language in that song in the area of soft core salaciousness, so as to make a serious social justice issue exude some genuine humanity.' nikki 'The song 'Next Of Skin' has received broad acceptance and support .. It's an up-tempo piece with a catchy hook that's indicative of the politically aware, yet life affirming nature of the rest of her songs. She has a uniquely intimate style of vocal that is very easy on the ear, just like her spoken voice. John Frame 4ZZZ - Inspired as a teenager in the 1960's by the poets and singers of Sydney's folk haunts, and seduced by the sensual guitar vocabulary of the 20th century, Blue Mountains singer/songwriter & domestic dare-devil, Nikki Madden, marries cool acoustic guitar grooves with energy efficient lyrics to create the kind of luminous style that places her among the leading lights of the new acoustic sound. Nikki's song themes lean towards the primitive favourites - love lost, love simply mislaid, sudden fabulous wealth. -"The lyrics are rich and heady with imagery and sardonic humour: 'where there's a will there's a lawyer', 'And the Lord said, 'I changed my mind about insects''. Nikki loves playing with words, stringing them together like beads on the threads of her songs: 'he's a gypsy in an ocean of personal devotion', "it's a seductive premonition, the solution wears a dangerous smile,' and 'she's grinning like a dog going naked in a crowd'.... her playing displays superb musicianship; brisk, crisp and expressive..." (Mike Raine, Indie-CDs 2009) Propelled by zippy fingerstyle guitar picking on the steelstring, her 'grin & bare it' documentary style seems to have found a warm welcome with audiences already pulling on their psychic shades in the bright millennial dawn......... Nikki's conspicuous social justice interests include getting practical Intuition onto the school curriculum, promoting the natural enviroment, and phasing out the infantile Competition vogue in economics in favour of the more adventurous and scary Cooperation model.