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The Sad Song Co.| CD review | 2003

THE SAD SONG CO. - Miseryguts

Review by Dawn

Although honest, the connotations of a band name and album title like these risk putting off potential listeners who don't wish to hear 12 songs full of nothing but doom and gloom. Those who dig deeper, however, will find that although the lyrics are heartfelt and serious, the melodies often defy the words. Serious, yes; thoroughly depressing, no.

The Sad Song Co is the solo project of ex-Unbelievable Truth member Nigel Powell and although it's difficult to place any sort of label on his overall sound - which is probably a good thing - his voice repeatedly brings to mind the charming tones of Ben Parker from songwriting duo Ben and Jason, which is certainly no bad thing at all.

From the instant the guitar riff of first track Beginning to Wonder crashes in, it becomes clear that the album is far from the miserable collection its title would lead you to believe. The interesting instrumentation of Blind Man and the faster-paced Pleasure Babies reinforce this, while the slower songs such as Directions and the simply stunning The Everlasting Mile are beautiful rather than depressing.

The Sad Song Co's live shows thus far have mostly been acoustic, with ex-Unbelievable Truth bassis Jason Moulster lending a helping hand.

Check out www.thesadsongco.com for more information.


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