Independent By Tony Hillier – Roots
Happy Gone Missing chronicles the changing lifestyle of a talented troubadour who’s palpably in love and seemingly loving every minute of it – not that David Flower’s second album is schmaltzy. Even when he does bill and coo, as for example in ‘Nimeesha’ – “She’s sweet and fair, she represents the colour of her hair / She will hypnotise you with her long dreamy stare” – it’s over a reggae/ska chop. Dancing African-styled guitar provides the backdrop to the equally catchy ‘Jamilah’ and the title track, both of which betray a Paul Simon influence. ‘Quality Of Living’ and ‘For one so beautiful’ exhibit the singer-songwriter’s trademark acoustic funk sound; ‘Never’ is heavier with rock and rap elements. Soaring strings and emotive singing imbue ‘The Dawn’ with epic feel before a stripped back and philosophical ‘Wisdom Of The Wise’ brings the set to a comparatively quiet conclusion. The bulk of Flower’s second album is packed with passion and punch.
Happy Gone Missing Review – BeauFM Newsletter
On the back cover of the David Flower album Happy Gone Missing sits the man himself, acoustic guitar in hand, endless sea behind him all washed in sepia tones. David looks scruffy, rugged and introspective. His music is anything but scruffy and rugged. It is precise, articulated, rich, laced with funk and has high production values. It is the music of a man who is completely comfortable expressing himself just the way he likes whether he’s singing about groovy good times or a soulful commentary on life. Happy Gone Missing is an optimistically passionate album that could be the soundtrack to a perfect summer. Enjoy!
Winter Moon Festival Organiser
“David Flower creates an atmosphere of excitement & elation. His audience is captured by his creative, energetic & powerful performances. Bringing everyone to their feet (including the organisers!), the rhythmic beat and vibrant melodies of his original music have always been a great highlight for the Winter Moon Festival. His shows have often been programmed to close the night, the crowd uplifted & worn out by their spent energy. Backed up by a band of exceptionally talented musicians, David has been invited to the Winter Moon Festival on 5 different occasions, the consistency of his talent a great drawcard, bringing to Winter Moon a world class act. “
Lisa Kither – Music Critic – Sunshine Coast Daily
“Great social commentary filled with raw honesty and warm songs of love. It really is something you can put on and have a good listen to the lyrics. A well-balanced album by musicians who really know their stuff.
Jay Bishoff – Peregian Originals
“The new David Flower Band is on fire. Lots of rhythm and some of the nicest harmonies to come along in a while”
“The prolific Flower has a particular attraction to the acoustic guitar’s ability to create natural melody, which is evident on his new self titled album. He plays a unique, enticing blend of acoustic folk and reggae expressing himself both on a personal and social level”
Ken Lord – The Courier Mail
“The eagerly awaited CD from the master of reggae, beach funk, soft rock and warm ballads hit the right notes”
Sharyn Rosewarne – Sunshine Coast Daily
“His command of the stage and interwoven musical styles had the audience lapping up every beat and every note”
Maz Henley – Organizer – Palm Creek Music Festival
“The band, known for punching out funky tight sounds, had the audience in a dance frenzy from the very first beat”