Friday, February 02, 2007
Music I Liked And Didn't - 1/30/07 - 2/2/07
SYKES, JESSE, AND THE SWEET HEREAFTER: Like, Love, Lust And The Open Halls Of The Soul CD (Barsuk) - This is the third full length release from Seattle’s, Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter. With material ranging from folk to roots-influenced pop and rock, Sykes has crafted 12 songs for “Like, Love, Lust And The Open Halls Of The Soul” that reflect the rich tradition of female singer-songwriters, from the legends of those halcyon days of the 60’s to contemporary artists such as Josephine Foster and Marissa Nadler. Her tight and polished band, supported by talented guests, such as Eyvind Kang and Wayne Horvitz, produces an excellent soundtrack for Sykes’ smokey, emotive vocals and deep, personal lyrics. Highlights include the rocking title track, the haunting folk of “The Air Is Thin”, and the soaring pop of “How Will We Know” and “I Like The Sound”. At times, some of the material on this release is a little too high gloss and straightforward to be fully captivating, but, overall, the rich tones, gripping lyrics, and stunning vocals created by Sykes and her band on this album provided an inviting haven for these ears.
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