All This Could Be Yours

CD Cover Sing Sing Dead Man

Review by Darren Gawle

45-second excerpt from "Don't Call" (various formats)

Sing Sing Dead Man are apparently more than a little enamoured of the Smiths and the Cure, otherwise they'd probably be out there thrashing around with those arrhythmic post-punk bands that only Vancouver seems capable of producing. Maybe they make sense as a little something to tide you over during the two-year waits between Morrissey and Cure albums, but ultimately the best band that ever sounded like the Smiths was... well, the Smiths. And what little room that is left seems to be ably occupied at the moment by Gene, thank you very much.

All This Could Be Yours is a collection of songs which sound like Morrissey singing for the Cure (except for "Mango," which somehow sounds like Morrissey singing for Van Halen). And, as tunes, they’d really be pretty good if only there was something about them to distract your attention from how much like (well, you know...) they sound. Sing Sing Dead Man certainly have talent, but this talent would shine through a lot better if they could show that they have a personality of their own.

Artist Contact Info: 8316 Aspenwood Place, Burnaby, B.C., Canada, V5A 3V3,

First published in Drop-D Magazine on November 9, 1997

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