Album Review: Sparrow & The Workshop - 'Spitting Daggers'

A modern band with old folk vibes on their follow up to debut 'Crystals Fall'

Although Sparrow and the Workshop have lost some of the wiriness that attracted bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre to their debut ‘Crystals Fall’ (maybe vocalist Jill O’Sullivan’s side-projects with Roddy Woomble have mellowed her), there’s fight in them yet.

On ‘Pact To Stay Cold’, the Glasgow-based trio blast PJ Harvey-indebted longing and angst over a thundering drum beat. Meanwhile, ‘Old Habits’ draws out a gentler side with more than a touch of Gram Parsons about it, a slide guitar twanging while O’Sullivan draws out her vowels, Nashville style.

Ailbhe Malone

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