Album – Depigeonholeisation – The Sinistrals

Posted by admin on February 14th, 2006

Without wishing to offend Steve of The Sinistrals, this isn’t an album that’s going to set the world on fire, but it does have a certain charm. For anyone who’s ever heard of The Rutles, the band that did for the 60s, what Spinal Tap did for the 80s, The Sinistrals will sound very familiar with their 1960s, tongue in cheek, pastiche style. With that in mind, this album provide 12 tracks of very charming, very Beatlesque sounding songs. Hopefully the remaining Beatles don’t come after Steve, like they did with the Rutles, but then again, maybe that would be the ultimate compliment.

I have to admit, I first listened to this album and was somewhat stunned as I just didn’t know what to make of it. I listened to it a couple of times and then set it aside for a while. Upon listening to it again many weeks later, I couldn’t help but smile and really enjoyed the album. I think the only thing that lets the album down, is the sometimes shaky vocals, especially on track 5, “Stranger in the Mirror”, the music however can’t be faulted and has a very authentic, basic sounding production. My favorite song on the album is track 6, “The Girl” which is funnily enough, more Rutles sounding than Beatles.

Conclusion : For anyone who likes the 1960s, early Beatles sound and specifically a more humorous touch, then definitely check this out.

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