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Wayward Sway - On A Broken Machine

On A Broken Machine

Wayward Sway

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

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This is a six-person group, and every person is listed for doing the vocals (more later on this aspect) as well as a variety of instruments ranging from junk percussion to acoustic bass to banjo, and violin. The music is mostly quite dreary and not the least uplifting or hopeful, not as if that is a component for a good disc; but the joylessness of the music combined with the vapid, lifeless and lugubrious vocals and the dispirited and funereal tone of the lyrics make for quite an unpleasant listening experience. The songs are reflections on unhappy lives where there seems to be no hope; no, they chose not to see there are other ways to live and roll and glory in their unhappiness, as the proverbial pig in mud. Back to the vocals they are at times strident and at others muted and as if coming up from a grave, none of the vocalists can be called a singer, some are slightly better than the others. If you want to revel and wallow in misery and grief there is something to recommend this disc otherwise I am hard pressed to find a redeeming facet for it.

Track List:

  • Western Slough
  • Well Lit Places
  • Blackened Ground
  • Kara
  • Underset
  • Harbor
  • New Chalk
  • Seasick & Reeling
  • Weak For Fire
  • Dry & On The Mend
  • Rising River
  • Kiss The Exorcist

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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