Sweet Sybil - 2010 - Sweet Sybil
1. Remember When
3. Downtown Suicide
4. Walkin' Talkin'
5. Someone In Your Eyes
6. Jump Back
7. Burning House
8. Alone With You
9. You & I
Alright! Here we go with the first Eönian Records promo album of a whooooole pack (thanks to the lovely people at the label!).
Sweet Sybil drew to me most because of the great artwork. Who doesn't like a sexy-looking blonde in handcuffs, staring into the camera with a look that says "time to eat"...
Strange enough, that sleazy message is not exactly flowing into the music as I expected. Sweet Sybil offers more of a down-to-basics, bluesy kind of glamrock. Think 80's demos of the greats, with a brass section (!).
Compiled from the songs on their '91 EP, two more from a '92 compilation and one recorded in 2009, Sweet Sybil sounds professional enough to draw a line of style throughout almost two decades of music. All songs might have just been from the same album, quality-wise and structural they're just way down the same line.
The reason why this sort of compilation of Sweet Sybil's career stands out, is because of a few songs on here. "Remember When" and "Walkin' Talkin'" as get-to-know kind of songs, "#69" and "Alone With You" as to how versatile they are, "Downtown Suicide" as to what puts them on my map, and "You & I" as to what they shouldn't really be doing.
Let's break it down: "Remember When" and "Walkin' Talkin'" are just general, middle-of-the-road glam rockers. No experiments there, just hooks and melody. The structure aims at live audiences more than album listeners and I'm sure these songs kill when played live.
"#69" as well as "Alone With You" don't get a crowd moving that well, but prove that Sweet Sybil knows how to break the chains and kick out something new. Trumpets and Spanish guitars anyone? These songs may not appeal to the brainless headbangers as much, but will certainly get the lover of inovative music focused.
The cream of the crop though, is "Downtown Suicide". Or at least, to me it is. This song just oozes city madness, which is always a great motivator for deeper, dirtier songs. It might just be me taking more to this type of atmosphere, but it's been a re-player for the last few weeks now.
One little point of critique here, is the album closer song "You & I". Regretfully, this is also the song that was recorded most recently, and even though it was done real well and proves Sweet Sybil is still alive and kicking, it doesn't match up to their past material. I miss the feeling and the originality in what lifts an accoustic ballad up there, while all I got was a stale watered-down song.
I still recommend Sweet Sybil to those who wish to explore the borders of their favourite genre and feel like thinking outside the box. No Mötley copycats here, sheer originality, and a very industrial own street sound.