Sound — 9
Kieran Christopherson's acoustic roots style is highly infectious and strangely uplifting, whether or not his songs are actually on happy subjects. The song "Back Around" is pure Kieran. His style is a step above other musicians of the same style in the fact the guitar skill is on a higher tier, while not allowing the lyrics to suffer either, and this really makes this album a joy to listen to and easy to show others as it is incredibly likable, and the music is the sort that people can sing along to at a concert. His style is simple but incredibly effective and powerful.
Lyrics — 10
The first thing that the listener realises about the lyrics is that they will definately speak to you. While he hasn't got a large discography, Kieran has an amazing ability to speak to anyone in any situation. The song "Rather Be Alone" especially is a testimony to his sheer skill in touching anyone's soul and leaving it in a better place than it was. Both the sound and lyrics are typically Australian, and it may be hard for someone who doesn't know how Aussies are to grasp it, but it would be enjoyable to them anyway. And unlike a huge majority of singers worldwide, the vocals aren't executed in such a way as to hide the non-american-ness of their music and voice.
Overall Impression — 9
"The Undiscovered Country Calls" is a definitive source of exceptional songwriting. I would highly recommend this to anyone, but particularly to someone who is studying songwriting, because the songs of Kieran Christopherson rival the lyrical and sonic prowess of Paul Kelly, who is to all who don't know, considered the definitive master of Folk music in Australia. If Melbourne decides upon Kieran as their favourite in the NOVA 100 "I'm with the band" competition, they will surely have made the right choice.