Lloyd breathes new life into amazing song

LUCKY STAR: Alex Lloyd’s soaring vocal and ability to create emotional melodies made him one of Australia’s leading songwriters in the early 2000s.
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ALEX Lloyd describes it as bubblegum. A hit song that becomes so flogged on radio that it loses its flavour.

Ed Sheeran’s monster hit Shape Of You has earned bubblegum status withLloydand his four children in theirCentral Coast home.

Many would argue Lloyd’s own career-defining hit Amazing over time has become overexposed. It was Triple J Hottest’s 100’s winnerin 2001 and claimed the APRA song of the year award a year later. Eventually it became a staple of commercial radio and a karaoke favourite.

Last year Lloyd re-imagined his soaring anthem along with other beloved material like Coming HomeandGreenon the album Acoustica. The fragile folkre-interpretation of Amazing is Acoustica’s highlight and re-invigorated the song.

“It was good fun doing that record,” Lloyd said.“It was fun to pull those songs apart and put them back together again. I do like the new Amazing version, it’s not as grandiose and poppy. It’s still a good song, but ina more laid-back folk environment.”

However, messing with a beloved song can earn the ire of fans as Lloyd learned. At last year’s AFL Brownlow Medal some fans, including cricketer Glenn Maxwell, criticisedLloyd’s re-working of Amazing on Twitter. It led to several news sites hammering the performance.

“I actually thought I did it pretty good,” Lloyd said with a laugh.“My voice has changed since I was 22. When I was 22 my voice was a lot cleaner and now I sound like an older man.

Alex Lloyd – Amazing“I think a lot of people were expecting the pop version of Amazing and they got a different version, andwithin the room at the Brownlow it felt really good. I got nothing but people wanting to buy me drinks at the end of that, lots of famous footballers.

“I don’t know with the Twitter thing. I think there was only five or six really bad comments and the news made a story out of it. I think it happens quite a bit these days.”

Currently Lloydis focused on the future. New material is being written for the follow-up to2013’s Urban Wilderness, but Lloyd admits being a 42-year-old with four children makes songwriting harder than in his halcyon days ofthe early 2000s.

“Ihave thousands of ideas, but turning an idea into a song is a different thing,” he said.“Atthe same time I’m writing, I’m looking for something a bit different to what I’d usually do for my own satisfaction.”

Lloyd plans to continue working on the record inNashville as the musical city left a lasting impression on him last year. While there he worked withother artists, includingAustralian country duo O’Shea, who recently released the single Start Over, co-written by Lloyd.

Co-writing is becoming increasingly attractive.

“Well, I’m not a young good-looking pop star anymore,” Lloydsaid.“If I ever was. I’m not as marketable as I hope I once was, so it’s good to be able to write with other people and help them on their journey and also get a little bit of satisfaction from hearing a song on the radio every now and then that you had something to do with.”

Alex Lloyd performs up close and acoustic at Central Bar on Friday.

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