Before one of my best gal pals and I go out, we always decide whether it’s going to be a red lips night or not. Red lips usually mean we know where we are going and we feel totally confident. Songs For A Sinking Ship, released last February from April Smith And The Great Big Picture Show, is a red lips album.
But, influenced by music from the ’30s and ’40s, as well as by Tom Waits, Songs For A Sinking Ship is in that case not rock and roll.
Nevertheless, April Smith And The Great Big Picture Show definitely separated themselves from the other pop-star ladies out there. Ukuleles, horns, pianos (Ray Malo), guitars (Marty O’Kane), accordions, drums (Nick D’Agostino) and an upright bass (Stevens) with Smith’s sassy self make for a fun, uplifting, sexy and well – blues-driven pop album. Smith’s voice is as rich and creamy as chocolate syrup, especially on the song, “Beloved.” Her confidence and style bleed through every song and her band mates magnify her sound, like a film star is magnified on a movie screen. Hence the mouthful of a band name, perhaps?
I will not be adding this album to my collection, but if you decide to, I am sure the vinyl will give Songs For A Sinking Ship that old-time feel Smith was really looking for.
Check them out yourself here: http://www.myspace.com/aprilsmithmusic