27 May 2022
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

David Sutton - Album Review: X

11 Mar 2022 // A review by Darryl Baser

Wellington based songwriter David Sutton has been regularly releasing albums of his original songs for a good few years now. This year he’s changed tack a bit and released a covers album.

X opens up in a bold way, with the ABBA classic Knowing Me, Knowing You. It is a faithful version, kind of reminding me of a cross between the original and the version done by Flying Nun band Superette on the compilation Abbasalutley.

What becomes apparent throughout David Sutton’s X album is that with each song, he’s made it his own; if the majority of the songs weren’t very well known songs, it would sound like another of his albums. He is a master of his own style.

The second song Name of The Game, isn’t another ABBA song, I think having it follow an ABBA song is both a stroke of genius, and an amusing wrong-footing move. It totally made me smile. The composition, especially in the pre-chorus, reminds me of a Robbie Williams melodic turn of phrase. I googled, but couldn’t get past ABBA or The Chemical Brothers songs of the same name.

By the time David launches into David Bowie’s Heroes, it is clear theses are songs he’s loved singing for a while. His take on this Bowie classic is credible. You can really hear his passion for the song as he really leans away from the microphone during the part about halfway through where he, like Bowie in the original, goes up and octave and pretty close to shouting. He does every part of this tune very well, vocal harmonies, ‘that’ classic guitar hook, which swims in and out of the song all included well.

Show Your Love, well I don’t know who wrote it, but I just don’t like it. It is a wonderful sentiment, which granted the world really needs now, and maybe if it was pumped into the Kremlin Mr Putin might withdraw and apologize, but I doubt it. However, I digress. A redeeming part is the vocal effect near the end, which makes me think of Lesley speaker.

The Black Sabbath song Changes is beautifully done, with maybe more of a lean toward the version Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne recorded. It is a beautiful song, which David Sutton does very well.

David's take on the Rolling Stones song Wildfire is pretty damn good too.

One of my favourite songs on the album is the Dragon classic April Sun in Cuba. Sutton is like a one-man Dragon, and his vocal on this frequently sung-along-with slice of fried Kiwi gold is pretty damn flash.

Rating: ( 3 / 5 )
 

About David Sutton

David writes and records songs.




Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for David Sutton

Releases

Planet B
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Eternal Memory
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Upside-Down World
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Binary
Year: 2017
Type: Album
V
Year: 2016
Type: Album
40
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Cheese
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Mr. Rainbow
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Remember
Year: 2009
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Darryl Baser

The New Things - EP Review: Pink Chocolate
20 May 2022 // by Darryl Baser
If I had to sum up The New Things four-song EP Pink Chocolate in two words they would be ‘perfectly imperfect’. The New Things are Tina McIvor and Jason Tamihana-Bryce, both have been around the indie music scene for a number of years separately and together; touring Japan a few years back.
Read More...
Tony Jacob - Single Review: Just One Step
11 May 2022 // by Darryl Baser
The 2021 released single Just One Step by Tony Jacob is a sumptuously produced song, with lyrics and a very positive vibe. "You can move on mountains with just one step, you could take the world on with no regrets..
Read More...
This Little Badge - Single Review: Think of A Number
01 May 2022 // by Darryl Baser
Think of A Number is the first of a series of seven singles being released by This Little Badge, a project led by Dave Pope. This song is an upbeat little number, based around the house lyrical phrase "think of a number", with the title line being repeated for the chorus.
Read More...
Tryonics - Single Review: Hey
08 Feb 2022 // by Darryl Baser
Tryonics is the solo project of Hap Richardson, formerly of My Little Pony, Go Victim and Freezer Child. And that’s about there is to know about Tryonics, apart from a growing catalogue of tunes.
Read More...
Nigel Parry - Single Review: One Word War
02 Dec 2021 // by Darryl Baser
“Me job to pick off the Hun, In the sights a lad like me, One shot, and I’m alone;” just a few of the lines of this stunning, beautiful and at times harrowing poem based on Nigel Parry’s family history of relations serving in World War I. 7:56 is typically too long for a single, Queen found that out when they first tried to release Bohemian Rhapsody.
Read More...
Aidan Ripley - Single Review: Let Us Bloom
24 Nov 2021 // by Darryl Baser
Teenage singer-songwriter Aidan Ripley released his new single Let Us Bloom on all platforms October 2021. The song is a stripped back acoustic guitar song which sounds like a solo love ballad, until Ripley’s partner Caspian Wilder adds her voice.
Read More...
Bundy Lore - Album Review: Failures Peach
30 Oct 2021 // by Darryl Baser
Duncan Harwood (Dumb Dumb Head, Happy Hearse) releases his debut solo album Failures Peach under the moniker Bundy Lore. I’ve heard a lot of great first albums and Failures Peach sits nicely amongst them.
Read More...
View All Articles By Darryl Baser

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • FIRST CLASS
    Jack Harlow
  • N95
    Kendrick Lamar
  • AS IT WAS
    Harry Styles
  • ABOUT DAMN TIME
    Lizzo
  • GO (GODDARD. REMIX)
    Cat Burns
  • DIE HARD
    Kendrick Lamar feat. Blxst And Amanda Reifer
  • UNITED IN GRIEF
    Kendrick Lamar
  • FATHER TIME
    Kendrick Lamar feat. Sampha
  • COLD HEART (PNAU REMIX)
    Elton John And Dua Lipa
  • HEAT WAVES
    Glass Animals
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem