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.


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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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