lyrics without melody

Rip It Up April/May 2001

Poetry by songwriters often is never as convincing as their songs. Tocker is one of New Zealand's most celebrated song-writers, and her slim volume of brief simple, predominantly introspective poems are crying out for music - only a handful seem to be able to stand alone including Never, and My Girlfriend's Ugly Haircut. But nevertheless her language is clear and fresh, and when read-out loud, her verses fully release their gentle swing. My personal favourite is one of the final poems of the book Ummmm, addressing the enduring themes of most writers - "Oh to be as good as those writers I admire." A sweet collection, the next will no doubt be even better.