Dan Sartain – Dan Sartain Vs The Serpientes

If Yes! Tinnitus! is crap, this is just plain rubbish. I’ve come to Dan Sartain on some (usually trusted) recommendations. He’s signed to John ReisSwami Records who like Jello can’t leave his roster alone to get on with it and turns up one here somewhere (I can’t even be bothered checking where).

So, the case for the prosecution: Let’s look at the three tracks called Walk Among The Cobras (grrr…he loves that imagery). Pt1 – Half a cliched riff, and an idea for a bridge. Kinda like Del Shannon‘s Runaway without the walking in the rain. Or the running away for that matter. Pt2 – Just what the world needs, another C86 reject. Pt3 – I guess this bontempi cod-reggae setting version is meant to be the soulful one. It isn’t. The rest of this album is half-finished ideas that you’d get from any teenage boy with his first guitar and the bumper Travis songbook. Unfortunately, it really does think it’s cutting edge dirty rock ‘n’ roll.

It’s not big, it’s not clever and it’s not dangerous. I want you to go home and think about what you’ve done.

Apparently he’s a great raconteur live. Well fine. Just don’t make any more records. I want my £1.99 back, this just isn’t worth it.

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Written by Tony Kiernan

05 July 2006 at 12:40 pm

Posted in Records

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