CD Cover Sally Can't Dance

Review by P. Freako

40-second excerpt from "Swerve" (various formats)

Vancouver roots rockers Sally Can't Dance play blissfully through their new album. "Bum ba da ba pa bum….oooh ooh oooh" (taken from "Michela"). Yep, that's right, it's a nice album with nice guitars, snappy drums and sweet vocal harmonies, and nothing more... at first glance.

The music is primarily light and poppy, filled with good, foot-tappin' hooks and Sally Can't Dance play these tunes as a tight unit. After a couple of listens though, you start to realize that the tone of the songs is actually a little deeper than the music might suggest. A thread runs through this album sewing a theme of having realized who you are and bringing this clarity of self-perception out into one's surroundings. In the case of "Swerve," it is in the form of a cry for help: "Please teacher, teach me how to swerve, before I crash against the trees."

Untitled is a nice album to listen to. It's pop rock with rootsy/folky undertones and though it's musically light, it's not fluff... well, except for the listless cover of John Lennon's, "Instant Karma." I guess what I'm trying to say is that though this is a fairly good album musically and lyrically, it tends to walk down the middle of the road. It won't break any creative barriers and if Sally Can't Dance, it's only because she doesn't try to break down those barriers.

Artist Contact Info: #1 - 3725 Cambie St., Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 2X4 CANADA

First published in Drop-D Magazine on July 25, 1996

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