Music Artist: Danny Sherwood
Music Album: When My Ship Comes In
Record Label: Self-released
|Flowers of Happiness||Danny Sherwood|
|Bitter Ditty||Danny Sherwood|
|Lived in Sin||Danny Sherwood|
|When My Ship Comes In||Danny Sherwood|
1. Flowers of Happiness
Melancholy in a self-indulgent but honest way. Beautiful piano playing and a unique voice, this track teeters between the adult contemporary and the gothic, part Yanni and part Nick Cave.
2. Bitter Ditty
A late night lounge track. The album’s highlight, moody and full of regret.
Pleasant but struggling to find a groove.
4. Lived in Sin
At this point in the EP, Danny needs a tempo change, and while this song partially delivers it, there aren’t enough elements at work here to provide a dynamic shift (instrumentation, backup vocals, etc).
5. When My Ship Comes In
Easy listening through and through. Well played and sung.
Danny Sherwood is a very talented musician, and “When My Ship Comes In” shows a lot of potential. The skill is without a doubt there. There’s really nothing to complain about; his piano playing is excellent and his voice is in key. However, the song-writing rarely breaks out of the lounge singer/background music sound. The lyrics are not good enough to dig into like a Tom Waits or a Nick Cave, and Danny’s delivery, while mournful at times, is for the most part quite safe and predictable. Let’s hope he finds a way to differentiate himself on his next outing.
Overall, “When My Ship Comes In” is a solid release that should please fans of jazz and blues. Check out Danny Sherwood’s links at http://dannysherwood.bandcamp.com/ and www.facebook.com/dannysherwoodmusic.