CD REVIEW: Saddle of Southern Darkness Self-titled Album

From Denver, Colorado comes the unique Americana sound of Saddle of Southern Darkness. A blend of trail worn guitars, dusty vocals, and southern attitude. With their self-titled album blazing a path through the political and catchy trails, Saddle of Southern Darkness is here to take you on a journey you won’t soon forget.

Opening with the fast paced track named Compelled To Dig, Saddle of Southern Darkness calls upon the spirits of the old west to create a moody track that feels very much like it belongs in a different time, but it is more than welcome here today. The guitars are a star player that work perfectly alongside the gritty vocals that remind me of Nuclear by the talented Mike Oldfield.

Owl And The Crow Sign is a visceral track that will force you to both stomp your feet and turn the volume dial up at the same time. The song transports you to a western landscape of saloons and gunfights, and let’s not forget the whiskey. The vocals are grungy and dark and imperfect, which is why this track contains so much spirit.

HanginIn A Tree is more of what we have heard so far, albeit it feels a bit darker in tone than the others, but that may be the title more than anything. Once again we find ourselves treated to beautiful guitars, that country western-meets rock appeal, and the vocals are heavy on the southern drawl.

After listening to the album from start to finish it was clear that Saddle of Sothern Darkness has some personal things to say and they know exactly how they want to say it. This is not an album for those that spend their days in the light and listening to pop music, no, this is an album for those with some darker emotions and deeper thoughts. This emotionally toned and dingy album is for anyone that wants an interesting soundtrack to follow. In many ways this felt like a soundtrack to the Young Guns movies, better suited for those with a bottle of whiskey than those with a cosmo. If you are looking for something fresh and interesting, this is the album for you.

by Ryan Donnelly

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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