Album Review: Saint Rose Parish by Daryl Scariot

Album Name: Saint Rose Parish
Artist: Daryl Scariot
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Daryl Scariot’s debut betrays a talent beyond the ordinary. You might call his music Americana, but its haunted by too many ghosts for that tag to stick. You could compare him to odd talents like Jim White and even Johnny Dowd instead.

“Words Whispered in the Dark” is very much like Jim White’s early material, hushed words of darkness in an odd tempo. “There are spirits among us, spirits with teeth and tongue” he intones scarily.

“Funny Guy” is perched between black comedy and tragedy. “Now I am doomsday’s clown, The Charlie Chaplin of apocalypse” he sings.

The jaunty “The love of Falling men” reflects on love with a heavy heart. “Goodnight Starlight” is comparably innocent, delivered sweetly and poignantly with the aid of mandolin and accordion.

The closing “Saint Rose” is a fabulous, epic song. Scariot seems to have poured all his talent into its creation.

This debut is truly astonishing in its scope and ambition.

Posted on April 24, 2005

Track Listing
1. A Song Too Sad
2. Words Whispered in the Dark
3. Funny Guy
4. We Only Do
5. So You Can Be My Girl
6. The Love of Falling Men
7. One of the Good Guys
8. Goodnight Starlight
9. I Named You for a Song
10. Goes
11. The Great American Novel
12. You’re Losing Her
13. Saint Rose

[Daryl Scariot Official Site]

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