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Music Artist: Danny Sherwood

Music Album: When My Ship Comes In

Record Label: Self-released

Song Singers/Perfomers Rating
Flowers of Happiness Danny Sherwood ★★★½☆
Bitter Ditty Danny Sherwood ★★★★☆
Bind 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.

3. Bind

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.

Album ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

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.