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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