The Music Connection Reviews Swallows’ Seven Stars

In the Shadow of the Seven Stars album cover

In the Shadow of the Seven Stars

Music Connection
New Music Critique
Originally published on July 26, 2021

The Swallows’ extremely well-produced concept album about a murder is propelled by Jeff Crandall’s gravelly vocal style, which reminds us of Rob Zombie and Tom Waits. “Wrecking Ball” alternates a spooky, breathy vocal passage with one that rocks heavily in the chorus: “One more whack with a wrecking ball!” The much more accessible “Ultraviolet” eases up a bit with a whispered vocal and a catchy groove. The band’s straightforward rocker “Dead and Gone” features some very good blues-infused guitar playing and Crandall’s commanding voice expressing soul-searing regret (“Should have sheltered you, now you’re dead and gone”).

Overall Score: 7.8/10

Production: 9
Lyrics: 7
Music: 7
Vocals: 8
Musicianship: 8

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