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.
Mournings - Whirlpool
3. Sunshine Girl
4. Likely Story
5. Say Sabrina
6. The Forgotten Shadows of Steffanie
7. Carefree Ecstacy
9. Pink Guitars and Stars Like Mistletoe
11. Sea of Grey
13. Sugarcane (take Two)
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