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Dan Sartain - Join Dan Sartain

  by Mark Rowland

published: 25 / 1 / 2007

Dan Sartain - Join Dan Sartain
Label: One Little Indian
Format: CD


Rootsy rock 'n' roll on second album from American-based singer-songwriter Dan Sartain whose whose music is is a post punk version of the vintage Sun Records sound

Dan Sartain has been writing and performing for some years. He has self-released material in the past, but came into the public eye with his debut proper label album, 'Dan Sartain vs the Serpientes', in 2005. Sartain, like Jack White, Billy Childish and Holly Golightly before him, takes the rootsy music of the old rock ’n’ roll masters and makes it his own, updating it for a new decade and audience. Which explains why 'Join Dan Sartain' was partly recorded in London's Toerag studios, where the White Stripes recorded their fourth album, 'Elephant', and in which Billy Childish and Holly Golightly have recorded previously. An easy way to describe Sartain's music, in fact, is a post punk version of the vintage Sun Records sound. There are rockin' 12 bars that sound like a fuzzed up Elvis, and elements of Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis pop up here and there. But there are also elements of the Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the 60's garage pop of the ‘Nuggets‘ compilations, the punkier alt.country bands and even some Latin dance influences. Some tracks on here, like the pounding 'Hangers On' have a White Stripes feel to them, but elsewhere, such as the single 'Replacement Man' Sartain evokes the spirit of Johnny Cash, matching the brooding atmosphere of the man in black without aping him in any way. One stand-out track , ‘The World is Gonna Break Your Little Heart’, is a Lou Reed-esque acoustic song that gives a glimpse at a mellower side of Sartain, which will hopefully come further to the fore in the future.

Track Listing:-
1 Drama Queens
2 Totem Pole
3 Gun vs. Knife
4 Flight of the Finch
5 Young Girls
6 Thought It Over
7 The World Is Gonna Break Your Little Heart
8 Replacement Man
9 Hangers On
10 Besame Mucho
11 I Wanted It So
12 Second Coming
13 Indian Ink
14 Shenanigans
15 Love Is Back

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