Album Review: Snakes In The Grass by Sparrow and the Workshop

Album Name: Snakes In The Grass
Artist: Sparrow and the Workshop
Year/Label: 2011 / Distiller Records

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Review by David Adair

A lightweight Amy Leigh trying to snatch the karaoke mic whilst a The Cranberries song is being attempted, is the disappointing and laboured feel given off in ‘’Snakes In The Grass’. This is delivered by the cosmopolitan troupe, Sparrow and the Workshop. Their debut album of last year has been seen as the modernisation of folk and plenty rests on their second album, ‘Splitting Daggers’ (released 30/5/11 on Distiller Records), to cement that achievement.

Unfortunately, this single lacks any bite or range, as the cyclical guitars and one dimensional, mid-tempo percussive trot, fails to set things up for the well pitched, hovering delivery of Jill O’Sullivan. It seems as though the song is set up to illuminate the lyrics, but these fail to captivate or even stir. Better is needed, but will no doubt come with the rest of the second album.

Rating: 2.5/5

Track Listing

[Sparrow and the Workshop Official Site]
Tour dates:

Sun 29th – Roadhouse – Manchester

Mon 30th – Academy2 – Liverpool


Wed 1st – The Forum – Sheffield

Thur 2nd – South Arts Centre – Reading

Jun 3rd – Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff

Jun 4th – Lousiana – Bristol

Jun 6th – Hoxton Bar & Grill – London

Jun 7th – Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton

Jun 18th – Willowman Festival – North Yorkshire


24th – Secret Garden Party- Cambridgeshire

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4 comments for “Album Review: Snakes In The Grass by Sparrow and the Workshop

  1. Brian Boru
    June 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Horribly written review.
    This music is too good for you as weakling writer.
    It is all just too complex for you.
    They are a very good band and you need re-training.

  2. John
    June 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    lazy and rather sloppy crit-investigate this group and you’ll find integrity and sincerity–their music is difficult to categorize and often reduces critics to grasping for an easy out. Kate Bush/Grace Slick/P J Harvey ….nope– Amy Lee and the Cranberries-‘fraid not.

  3. July 20, 2011 at 7:05 am

    We loved the album. We all have different musical tastes and a different way of hearing things. That’s what makes music so interesting!!

    • Amy
      July 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      So true! I have loved stuff that others found hideous and vice versa. With all this controversy I want to hear it now and see which one I agree with 🙂

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