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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the music project of Australian Craig Dermody was influenced by his move to New York.
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  1. Jul 19, 2013
    What does make sense is songs that can be related to the world over, not just in Williamsburg, and the songs on Any Port In A Storm fall very much into this category. A brilliant record.
  2. Jul 18, 2013
    Wonderfully, it’s somehow nostalgic and current at the same time.
  3. Jul 19, 2013
    While Any Port In A Storm is unlikely to make a superstar out of Dermody, it definitely feels like the arrival of a new cult hero.
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    Jul 18, 2013
    He combines a fondness for Lou Reed-style New York street theater with anti-folk and '80s out-of-tune jangle to scintillating effect. [Aug 2013, p.76]
  5. Jul 24, 2013
    There is a definite whiny, punky recklessness to Any Port In A Storm, a feeling of intentional roughness and rawness mixed with genuine musical chops and strained emotional frankness.
  6. 70
    He sounds small, beaten and subdued beneath the Lemonheads-meets-Diiv slack drawl of the music. The key thing here? Unlike so many of his contemporaries, he also sounds totally believable.
  7. Jul 18, 2013
    A stolid lack of poetry combined with Dermody's flat intonation could make Any Port in a Storm hard-going, were it not for his evident, dogged attempt to be Jonathan Richman fronting the Stooges, and a stoic faith in the goodness of life and the value of human endeavour that brims with hope.

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