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Killer CDs: The Sour Mournings - Whirlpool 
By Eric Bodrero

Whirlpool is the first professional album released by The Sour Mournings, and it boasts an eclectic mix of brit rock, alternative, and post-grunge rock recorded using technology and music software available to the average everyday desktop PC and the average everyday people that use them. 

Singer/songwriter Dave Reed created the The Sour Mournings with the help of producer Bruce A. Miller, who has worked with such artists as Mariah Carey, Dave Matthews, and Aretha Franklin, with an additional track mixed by Ken Lewis known for working with The Beastie Boys, Lenny Kravitz, and Mary J. Blige, among many others. 

One of the biggest pinnacles of the album is in the intricate acoustical guitar work, which is as refreshing as a morning mountain breeze. Dave Reed weaves sugar-sweet guitar hooks with subtle yet effective beds of electronic loops, blips, and bleeps, capturing aural, mini-symphonies and freezing them in your mind’s music box forever. I’m still humming the climatic themes from “Sea of Grey”, with lyrics such as ‘so you’ll swirl away, across a sea of grey, whatever cares may lay, across your path this day’, and ‘right here I will wait for you, as the years fly by so true, as the sun sets without you, right here I will wait for you’, in the sullen, gloomy “Vanity”, which has Dave singing about relationships that you can’t seem to let go.

Actually, the whole album surges with a sort of murky undertone, not really happy, but never as depressing as, say, The Cure or Joy Division. Compare it to having a really depressing day: you sing about it in the shower, but you belt it out with the realization that it could be a lot worse.

In the end, Whirlpool resonates with an invigorating sound that leaves a smile on your face and a zip in your step. Dave Reed has an instant hit with this album. Raise your glass and pledge a toast to The Sour Mournings. This is the kind of stuff that will be left standing after the metal/rap and hip-hop/grunge/new metal psychobabble gets blown away in the aftershock and meltdown of the inevitable nuclear blast to corporate radio.
 



CD Info 

The Sour Mournings - Whirlpool
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Tracks:
1. Comatose
2. Sugarcane
3. Sunshine Girl
4. Likely Story
5. Say Sabrina
6. The Forgotten Shadows of Steffanie (intermission)
7. Carefree Ecstacy
8. Anhedonia
9. Pink Guitars and Stars Like Mistletoe
10. Philosophy
11. Sea of Grey
12. Vanity
13. Sugarcane (take Two)
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