One Sure Thing

Cosy Sheridan

(WBG 0024)

Waterbug Records
PO Box 12261
Albuquerque, NM 87195

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Paula Gregorowicz

Cosy Sheridan's One Sure Thing belongs in your CD collection under the heading: Pure Acoustic Sound. The lyrics range from the emotional to the hysterical and the album does not suffer from the "over-production blues." Sheridan's songs are presented here with her vocals and guitar and Kent Allyn's bass recorded live at Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts and locations in Logan, Salt Lake City, Utah. One Sure Thing has sold me on the fact that I must see Cosy Sheridan live.

Cosy weaves clever and heartfelt lyrics throughout songs such as I'd Fall For You,Always Under Your Pillow (relationships with a hint of sadness) or The Toothfairy Got Shot, where the Easter bunny gets shot and mugged. The honesty of her lyrics appeal to people such as me who like to explore our feelings at the core. Listening to One Sure Thing or Quietly Led will find you musing about your own life. Cosy uniquely writes lyrics that find humor in serious subjects. For example, The Losing Game takes a humorous yet realistic look at the disturbing truth of how women struggle to be like the models on TV. The chorus begins: "you're a little bit bigger/you could be smaller/you could be thinner if you could get taller..." The Mustang Ranch (about a well known legal brothel in Nevada) must bring down the house at every show. Sheridan explains that she revised this song so that the 104th Congress might explore the possibility of utilizing a house of ill-repute in Nevada to help finance the National Debt (the government purchased the property as part of the Savings & Loan bailout).

Whether you prefer songs about a clever tale of a dog who gets neutered or about the pondering of life and ambitions, Cosy Sheridan's One Sure Thing will give you a most satisfying acoustic singer-songwriter experience.

One Sure Thing features the following songs (written by Cosy except where noted):

Edited by Ky Hote

Copyright 1997, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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