Friday, January 31, 2014
Album Review: David Serby and the Latest Scam
The goal of this blog has always been to promote the great music that is created by hard working, dedicated and talented artists who do their best to stay positive to themselves and their craft. I’ve had the great fortune to write about a lot of great musicians, singers, songwriters and bands. These are the people I love writing about, the ones that create music and albums for the love of the art. Los Angeles, California has long been known as a hot bed for great music, and the latest project from David Serby is proof positive that the Los Angeles independent music scene is still thriving to this day.
David Serby and the Latest Scam is the fifth release from this talented singer-songwriter-musician. If you’re looking for an album that explores various aspects of human relationships, the trials of life and has a feel good aspect to it, this project belongs in your collection. The album is reminiscent of the old sound of California country-rock of the late 60’s and early 70’s in the vain of Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Considering this project is a double-CD containing 20 songs in total, it is great value for your money.
The first CD kicks off with a great up tempo number called “True Love” and leads right in to one of the many highlights of the album, “Amnesia.” This is a cleverly written tune that speaks to a condition I’m sure many of us have acquired when we find ourselves in the opening stages of a new romantic relationship. Generally speaking, it leads to a situation where your world becomes that person, you don’t go out with your friends anymore, that sort of thing, which is a different topic for a different blog.
“When Couples Fall In Love” keeps the new love theme going, and the masses can relate to this story. New love starts off with fiery passion, then settles down somewhat as the relationship grows and gains solidarity. What impresses me about this track, in addition to the solid writing, is how it sounds. Sonically, it takes me back to the days of a great country music group of the mid- to late-1980′s, The Desert Rose Band.
Another of the great highlights of this double CD package is “You’re Bored”, which relates the story of the (dreaded?) phone call that one may receive from that ex-partner who wants to, possibly/maybe/who the heck knows for sure, get back together. Fortunately for our central character in this story, he has the strength to see through the folly of getting involved again. Great song lyrically and musically.
Other highlights of this double-CD package include “Breaking News”, “Rumour of Our Own”, “Better With My Hands” and “Waiting Out the Storm.” This is a really solid project that David Serby and producer Ed Tree have put together. You can order the package directly from their web site, and you can sample six of the tracks via the playlist. Give David Serby and the Latest Scam your time. If this project is any indication of the great music to come in 2014, it is going to be an outstanding year.