Here Comes The Sharp Things

Here Comes The Sharp Things

by The Sharp Things


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Here Comes The Sharp Things

New York City group the Sharp Things take the "orch-pop" label to heart on their debut album. Their ranks numbering 11 players -- including two violinists, a cellist, and a guy splitting his time between trumpet and flugelhorn -- the band proffer a set of classically styled yet plainly rendered soft-rock. The musical locus is singer-songwriter Perry Serpa, who lays the groundwork with a heart-on-sleeve delivery, aching lyrics, and arrangements based on guitar and piano. Serpa's minor-key laments suit his deep, sultry voice, so wistful lines such as, "And I thought that we might be one" (from the melancholy "Right") come off with grace and sincerity. His guitar- and piano-playing underpins these 11 songs but works on equal footing with work of the other instrumentalists, making for a rich, even-keeled sound that spotlights Serpa's lyrics and voice, which is akin to a cheerier Scott Walker. "Boys Club" takes a folksy, Dylanesque turn, with casually strummed acoustic guitars, shuffling drums, and piano, yet Serpa's croon suggests velvety, latter-day Neil Sedaka more than it does a gruff young Bob. "Lament/A Million Things" plays like a mini symphony, allowing each instrument -- from violin to electric guitar -- its moment in the sun and pillow-soft female backing vocals providing an effective counterpoint to Serpa's pining lead. Their elements and influences align them with contemporary acts such as High Llamas, Eric Matthews, and Archer Prewitt -- artists who augment their four-piece rock lineups with strings, brass, and keyboards. But the end result on this first-time outing find these Sharp Things defining their own sensibility with clarity.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/2002
Label: The Orchard
UPC: 0803680233825
catalogNumber: 802338

Album Credits

Performance Credits

The Sharp Things   Primary Artist
John Dunbar   Organ
Perry Serpa   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Janet Treadaway   Bass,Background Vocals
Jim Santo   Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Gonzalez   Percussion,Drums
Avishai Cohen   Viola,Background Vocals
Janis Shen   Violin
Aisha Cohen   Viola,Background Vocals
Mike "Sport" Murphy   Penny Whistle,Lu-sheng
Steven Gonzalez   Percussion,Drums
Michelle Caputo   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Brian McWhorter   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Jim Santo   Producer
Perry Serpa   Producer
Houghton   Engineer
Paul Andrew   Contributor
Charles Waters   Contributor
Oscar Wilde   Author
Nate Wooley   Contributor

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