Friday, October 21, 2011

Album Review: Sinful Savage Tigers - The Last Night of the Revels

Chapel Hill singer-songwriter Seth Martin gathered a group of talented local musicians, primarly Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange) and Seth Barden (The Brand New Life), to create his sophomore album as Sinful Savage Tigers. The result is a sharp bluegrass album titled The Last Night of the Revels.

The album has one foot planted in folk tradition while the other is in sharp, modern songwriting. It flows and feels like a proper, dynamic album experience, with uptempo stompers ("Still Waiting In Line) to somber ballads ("O, Caroline") and everything in-between. There's not a boring moment to be found.

A wide variety of guests fill out the album's ten tracks including Phil Cook of Megafaun, Bobby Britt and Chris Roszell of Big Fat Gap, Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange, James Wallace of Max Indian and Omar Ruiz-Lopez. While guests are plentiful, the album's arrangements are simple and uncluttered, properly complimenting each song.

The album's highlights are many, but a few standout tracks are the slower songs "The Road To Mocharabuiee" and the gospel-tinged closer "Kentucky Steel." Martin has an honest, pure voice that really shines on sparser songs.

If you're looking for straightforward, satisfying folk/bluegrass with solid melodies, The Last of the Revels is for you.

Sinful Savage Tigers will celebrate the release of The Last Night of Revels at Southern Rail in Carrboro on October 22 with Phil Cook and His Feat.

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