Album Review: Parallel Universe by David Russell and the Sideshow

Album Name: Parallel Universe
Artist: David Russell and the Sideshow
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

David Russell and his Sideshow inhabit a colorful world, their mix of influences is rich and varied.

The title track recalls Blur in their nineties prime, the quirky tempo and theatrical touches seem very English.

“Cameras are Running” is a likeable song with an air of “Hunky Dory”-era Bowie. Russell’s vocal is gorgeous.

“Blue Light” fuses vaudeville with pop and the hybrid works.

“Waiting for the Moon” is quietly epic, strings and a yearning vocal forming the center of the song.

This record is a multi-faceted, seamlessly produced joy. Russell and his band should be better known than they are.

Posted on July 6, 2005

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. (disembrain)
2. Parallel Universe
3. Cameras are Running
4. Don’t Forget to Breathe
5. Blue Light
6. Carol Anne
7. Lunabird
8. Chosen One
9. Waiting for the Moon
10. Dictionary Man
11. Lovely Bone
12. Soho Valentine
13. (carol anne reprise)

[David Russell and the Sideshow Official Site]

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