Recently I have been addicted to the 3rd full length album, Every Sinner Has A Future by Doctors & Dealers. This stunning 14 track album has been produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor).
Fronted by Stockholm, Sweeden’s Sparrow, the new offering retains the sense of playfulness that we’ve come to associate with her music but many of the songs are now edged with a darkness befitting of the Oscar Wilde qute from which the album takes its name. These songs are a little heavier, a little more raw, a little closer to the bone. From driving bass drum to lamenting violin, the album feels like it has taken a soak in whiskey and devastation. It comes as no surprise that much of the album was inspired by a love of Tim Burton and Asian horror movies.
The rock sensibility, while new for Sparrow, is not out of place: these songs come from a woman who has engaged in power struggles not only with others but with herself, with her addictions. This darkness comes from having seen shades of depravity first-hand: fom her difficulties fully immersing herself in interpersonal relationships, her own struggles with depression; these songs have seen inquity and the inside of rehabilitation centres and they cut a little deeper now, exposing raw nerve and sinew. Despite this, the album still has plenty to offer by the way of Sparrow’s sense of humor, her lightness, the sometimes dismissive an always engaging way she hands her troubles. She sheds a new light on her scars, both fresh and old, through her music.
This album is like a mixed bag as you can’t tie it down to just one genre. Every Sinner Has A Future is incredible and it’s a must listen to for anyone that loves brand new music. You need to listen to it more than once as it is a grower. First up it’s Steal Your Life which is rather pacey and when listening I’m reminded of Soko. This song sees Sparrow singing about the fact she wants someone elses life as they have fame. Following on is Johnny and I really liked the use of the Ukelele throughout this gentle song. Backstabber is very different compared to the first two songs on this album. This song which featured on the Trouble EP starts off at a steady pace and gets faster towards the end. The title of the album was actually a lyric in this song. My favourite track from this album had to be All I Ever Told You Were Lies. This specific song was rather mellowing and the vocals are extremely soft. Trouble again featured on the self titled EP. I actually really enjoyed this song. Sparrow mentions that Trouble is her oldest friend. It was then onto Fishes like Me. The track is quite fast paced and thanks to the violin and distorted guitar riffs, it sounds very catchy. They Don’t Get You (Like I Do) sees Sparrow sing about this scatty boy at school who is mysterious/ serious. The lyrics to this song are really wonderful. It Hurts To Much To See You Smile features witty remarks and backing vocals by Sarah Maguire. Crime Scene had a very nice piano led opening while Bankruptcy Blues is rather upbeat and dark. The next three songs on this album are The Indifference, Carpet Burn and Hang On all which are brilliant. The closing track Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder is very upbeat but the fact that it sounds like a circus song makes it rather memorable.
All in all this is one enchanting album and it gets better everytime you play it.
Every Sinner Has A Future can be purchased from iTunes and Play.com