A brilliant debut album that will be hard to beat in 2010
Sparrow & The Workshop - Crystals Fall

The first thing you notice about Glasgow trio Sparrow & The Workshop is how unGlaswegian they sound. That's mostly down to lead singer Jill O'Sullivan, an American with a Joni Mitchell-via-Nashville voice, a stunning instrument that often justifies the price of admission on its own.

When she sings about the devil, darkness and violence, fever, rapture and fear, it's the old American west she evokes, not Glasgow's West End. Behind the voice is a rhythm section that's not afraid to step forward: baritone harmony vocals; pounding drums, clicks and whips; pained, plaintive and passionate folk-rock melodies. /Crystals Fall/ combines two early EPs into a brilliant debut album that will be hard to beat in 2010.

9/10

Words by Ally Brown
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