By Dead Like Harry
Sheffield's Dead Like Harry are a six piece with a strong folk influence. The press release that accompanies this CD bemoans the invasion of Pop Idol and the like upon our ears. However, it's ironic that that's the kind of the sound DLH have captured. It's not rock enough to be rock and it's all a bit TOO polished in places, it's like Darius singing "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing", just a bit too slick and schmaltzy rather than raw and emotive. The female harmonies that feature on the first track and open 'She's My Fire' soon begin to grate, their epic church choir sound nice in small doses but become a little tiresome.
It's all nicely played but the songs just aren't anything that will stick in your mind, average folk pop with the occasional chugging guitar or flourish of Elton John-esque rock piano. There's a hidden track stuck at the end of the disc that isn't hidden quite well enough. About 10 foot deep in your back garden should do the trick. It's an awful medieval style vocal line over some sloppy acoustic guitar. It's to be hoped Sheffield can offer more than this and find someone to follow in the footsteps of the great bands the Steel City has produced in the past.