Dan Sartain

Dan Sartain

Dan Sartain Quick Links

Music Press Festival RSS

Dan Sartain - Century Plaza Album Review


Since his first commercially available album 'Dan Sartain vs. the Serpientes' introduced us to his rockabilly blues music over a decade ago, American musician Dan Sartain has entertained with his take on a more retro rock and roll sound ever since - and I was excited to hear more. Alas, it was not meant to be; he has deviated down the same path as many other rock/indie musicians have done in more recent years, and decided to test the electro synth-pop waters. Granted, with a cover featuring a black-eyed Sartain staring out gloomily from blue neon-lit shadows and 80s-esque typography I should have guessed that something rather different was awaiting, but I wasn't prepared for quite such a deviation.

Dan Sartain - Century Plaza Album Review

The opening track, 'Walk Among The Cobras', is a reworking of one of the stand-out tracks on his debut which originally oozed slick guitar twangs and fast-paced, angsty vocals that complemented the lyrics perfectly. However, these have now been replaced with synth-pop pulses, a much slower pace and deeper tone both musically and vocally - not dissimilar to Depeche Mode - and this sets the tone for the following seven songs. After the painfully slow, grating electro oscillations of 'Cabrini Green', Sartain launches into a welcomingly buoyant cover of 'Wipeout Beat' by Alan Vega (one of the musician's long-term influences), which rather faithfully replicates its predecessor. Not necessarily a bad thing as it's one of the better tracks here, but for someone who seems intent on trying new things with this record, you'd think Sartain would have tried to experiment more with it. 

It's clear to see why 'Sinking In The Shallow End' was chosen as the lead single as it's probably one of the more accessible tracks, sticking with more mainstream electro riffs, and was a gentle choice to ease Sartain's fans into his new direction. However, in the context of the album overall, it seems rather bland and forgettable. 

Continue reading: Dan Sartain - Century Plaza Album Review

Dan Sartain Reveals New Tune 'Marfa Lights' Taken From The Forthcoming Album 'Dudesblood' Released 28th April 2014 [Listen]

Posted on 10 March 2014

Dan Sartain Reveals New Tune 'Marfa Lights' Taken From The Forthcoming Album 'Dudesblood' Released 28th April 2014 [Listen]

Dan Sartain

Dan Sartain Quick Links

Music Press Festival RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Musician


Suggested

How To Get Tickets For Slaves' Big Fall 2018 Tour

How To Get Tickets For Slaves' Big Fall 2018 Tour

They'll hit the UK and Ireland this November.

7 Foreign Horror Movie Remakes We'd Love To See

7 Foreign Horror Movie Remakes We'd Love To See

There are some films in this world that deserve another go.

Slaves - Chokehold Video

Slaves - Chokehold Video

Slaves hold open auditions for a new drummer in the star-studded and ultimately heart-warming video for their new single 'Chokehold'.

Advertisement
Are AC/DC Recording A New Album?

Are AC/DC Recording A New Album?

Lead singer Brian Johnson and ex-drummer Phil Rudd were both spotted in Vancouver outside AC/DC/'s Warehouse Studios this week.

5 Hit TV Shows Returning In 2019; From 'Game Of Thrones' To 'Peaky Blinders'

5 Hit TV Shows Returning In 2019; From 'Game Of Thrones' To 'Peaky Blinders'

Sometimes it takes more than 12 months to put together a fantastic season of one of the world's leading TV shows.

Orbital - Dreamland, Margate, Kent 28.07.2018 Live Review

Orbital - Dreamland, Margate, Kent 28.07.2018 Live Review

Orbital brought their spectacular show to the East Kent coast at the weekend to the delight of a variety of ravers.

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.