Album Review: Sparrow & The Workshop – ‘Spitting Daggers’

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


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

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

On [b]‘Pact To Stay Cold’[/b], the Glasgow-based trio blast [a]PJ Harvey[/a]-indebted longing and angst over a thundering drum beat. Meanwhile, [b]‘Old Habits’[/b] 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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