|The Sickle - 'Hung Up To Dry' (Secondo Avvento Records)|
|Written by Craggy|
|Wednesday, 08 June 2011 05:00|
Some good music passes through my ears from Italy, so I was pleased to see that 'Hung Up To Dry', the new album by Padova's The Sickle was in my latest goody bag of review-ready CDs.
Sure, the emotive tone is heavily pursued throughout the album, with titles such as 'Mental Mess', 'Addicted To Dreaming', and 'It's Just Rain', but luckily this is no emo album. Instead, the record is unashamedly introspective, a reminder of the day when people were allowed to write heartbreak tunes before the floppy-haired, daddy-doesn't-love-me-but-I-love-his-money invasion pulled the integrity right out of it. The album produces many short sharp nuggets of fizzy greatness that manages to meld a sense of Anglo-European sleaze with American pop-punk. What emerges is a successful effort to avoid the rock 'n' cliché that their image suggests and conjures up a mix of Coyote Shivers, EVE 6 and Green Day.
'Hung Out To Dry' isn't perfect - the odd song can be lost in there. But it's refreshing, honest, and to the point. If this kind of pop punk 'n' roll floats your boat, then jump aboard with The Sickle.