The CD Reviewer

The Singular – ‘The Sad Machine’
Written by: C.W. Ross

The Akron, Ohio band The Singular (James Pequignot – singer/songwriter, guitar, Jordan Valentine – percussion, Terry Mortenson – bass, and Nichole Catalano-Miller -Keyboard) have previously released 2 EP’s; ‘I Finally Know What’s Good for Me’ (2006) and ‘Death by Radio’ (2007), but ‘The Sad Machine’ is the band’s debut LP.

The Singular’s music isn’t any light bubble gum pop – it’s dark edged, reality based music. As I listened to the nine songs that make up ‘The Sad Machine’, words like, moody, droning, quirky, and different came to mind. The Singular’s music is filled with this heavy, brooding and at times depressing vibe that is found throughout the lyrics that make up the songs. This isn’t a bad thing just be prepared for what you’re going to hear.

Besides the very carefully crafted song lyrics found in The Singular’s songs I also enjoyed the well placed keyboard, bass, and guitar parts along with the rock solid drum work and little extras like, hand claps, whistling, along with trumpet and violin samples that are also found in the songs.

Highlight tracks include, the droning guitar and piano driven song, “Patience as a Virtue”, the up tempo, “CMF” that offers up an interesting whistling ending , The drum and piano filled, “The Traveling Salesman Problem”, and last but, not least, the interesting keyboard sounds that are found in, “Apocalyptic Prelude.”

The Singular is a band that you’ll either fall madly in love with or will have you heading for the first open window head first. Their release, ‘The Sad Machine’ requires that you do more than just be a casual listener. To capture the true meanings found in the songs requires that you put forth the effort to maul over each word found in the song’s lyrics as your mind searches for the true meaning behind them.

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