Monday, September 30, 2013

The Sidleys Bittersweet CD Review


Bittersweet is a timeless bit of alternative pop that contains some alluring instrumental arrangements and catchy vocals. While the initial track on Bittersweet is easy on the ears, Burning is a track that is sultry and soulful. The inclusion of funk and soul into the mix will appease fans of Pink and Christina Aguilera. Play It Down is a very dynamic track that has The SIdleys continue to speed up until the chorus. With on-point guitars to highlight Annie’s vocals, the track is able to keep the album’s momentum high well into the next section. After a brief instrumental interlude (The Last Reprise, Pt. 1), the band sets out on a bold new direction. The slower stylings of Nothing Else Remains twinkle as evidence that The Sidleys can shift and change their output during Bittersweet while still adhering to the same high quality that began the album.

Tin Flowers is one of the most interesting tracks on this release, as the instrumentation is set up at a level comparable to Annie’s vocals. With this shift in dominance, what results in Tin Flowers is something special – Annie’s vocals do double duty here as the narrative and the supporting element. Bittersweet ends with Diamond in the Snow, a sedate track that elicits memories of sitting around a heated house after a heavy snowstorm. The production here infuses the track with a familiarity that makes this a delightful end to Bittersweet. Visit their website today for more information about the act, and for tour dates through the rest of the fall.

Top Tracks: Great Unknown, Nothing Else Remains

Rating: 9.0/10

The Sidleys Bittersweet CD Review / 2013 Self / 14 Tracks / /