An interesting piece; nine songs that, lyrically, paint a not-too-bright series of pictures, but with the quality of the performance and the production, it’s oddly appealing. Spearheaded by singer/songwriter Coley Kennedy, Black Vincent is another new act coming out of Chicago – a city ripe with varied talents and sounds that deserve exposure.
My immediate reaction upon hearing the opening track “Lonely and Blue” was “a fucked up Roy Orbison”, but yet has a jauntiness in the music; “Stacy Main” is a wry piece about a relationship gone to Hell with some fabulous tremolo guitar figures; “When We Was Young” is a dirge reminiscent of British mope-maven Richard Hawley, except not wanting to make you kill yourself (!) and “Friends With Motorcycles” has a neatly taut drum and acoustic guitar frame that keeps this (I think) album centerpiece completely on the mark. “Gone” is the other standout; as the album’s closing track, it adds a final peak with its slow pace and Lloyd Cole-like vocal delivery.
A nice first effort; I can say that although melancholic has never been my bag, per se, I do like the atmospheric quality of this album. Teardrop Deluxe is a fine start for Black Vincent.
Teardrop Deluxe is available now