On listening to “Spitting Daggers”, the new album from Sparrow and The Worshop, you would be forgiven for thinking you had accidentally picked up an audtion tape for the soundtrack to (500) days of Juno. 

The entire piece just drips with that affected indie-cool that so many bands seem to be reaching out for – being included on a movie score is apparently the be-all and end-all of the 21st Century poser musician. 

Sounding like a musically heavier version of Laura Marling’s material, I literally had to fight the urge halfway through not to just put on “I Swim Because I Can” instead.

It’s not that ‘Spitting Daggers’  is bad – it’s not. It’s just bereft of purpose. 

There is nothing about it that would grip somebody who wasn’t affiliated with the band. Anyone who was already a fan of Marling, or even PJ Harvey would take one listen and think “why am I bothering with this”? 

Within a couple of tracks, you feel like you know everything there is to know about Sparrow and The Workshop already.

“International” line-up? Check. “Deep, quirky” song-titles? Double-check. No inherent sense of self? Why, of course. 

OK, I’m being extremely harsh on an album which doesn’t have a bad song to speak of and which, was it not so far up its own hipster arse, would probably be an alright listen. 

I’m just fed up with hearing new music which is utterly incapable of justifying its own existence. 


(Released through Distiller Records and OUT NOW)  

Kenneth John Porteous


About Cee Tee Jackson

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7 Responses to SPARROW AND THE WORKSHOP: ‘Spitting Daggers.’

  1. david mons says:

    Sure we’re talking about the same band? Couldn’t think of a less indie-cool affected band if I tried..

  2. Buster says:

    Wow, who peed in your cornflakes?? ‘So far up its own hipster arse’? ‘Incapable of justifying its own existence’? Not talking about the same (haunting and beautiful) album I’ve heard, I can only assume a bad mood from Mr P is clouding his judgement.

  3. Wisden says:

    If ‘it doesn’t have a bad song to speak of’, ‘it’s not that it’s bad’, why the hate? Harsh reviews do not a good reviewer make…

  4. Wisden says:

    Ridiculously-and-unneccesarily-over-the-top harsh reviews, that is.

  5. Sean Keanr says:

    I don’t now what you are on but this band is the least pretentious I have heard in a long time.
    You know you are the one “incapable of justifying” your own existence

  6. Buster says:

    It seems it takes a very long time for comments to get moderated here! Almost a week since I posted and still no sign..

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