Sassparilla – Pasajero and Hullabaloo
Sassparilla has trucked in a double album offering with the albums Pasajero and Hullabaloo. Right away when I first listened to Hullabaloo I was immediately hooked on the album. Straightaway I was hooked on by the album due the lyrics in “Through The Fence”, also the heavy raspy vocals from Kevin Blackwell puts quite the emphasize on the lyrics as well.
Each song on Hullabaloo takes on its own sound and direction. The first time I listened through the album, Sassparilla kept me guessing at what was going to come around the corner. Their seems to be a few different layers and modulations and directions to every song on the album. Sassparilla definitely doesn’t have a definitive sound for which they stick to. At any given time you could be listening to a strong Americana folk song then next you could be listening to a down and dirty raspy Rock/Blues song in the terms of the song titled “The Devil”. Then an all but intimate and charming acoustic number titled “The Hoot Song” to finish off the album.
One thing that I have to say for sure is the fact that they have some of the funniest and creative lyrics that I have heard in awhile, and how they are hidden quite nicely throughout the album is quite rich. If I started to taking out excerpts from the songs that I found funny, creative and entertaining this entire review would be filled with just lyrics. But you should really check out “Through The Fence”, and “Cocaine” for sure. Now don’t get me wrong their lyrics are not the only thing that you need to pay attention to in Hullabaloo.
Now when you take a listen to the other half of the collection Pasajero you are hit with a completely different sound altogether. With this album you get the electrified feel of the band, and quite a bit heavier at times compared to Hullabaloo. I’m still sticking with Hullabaloo as my favourite album of the set however. I was a little surprised at the unmasked tempo flow throughout the album, just as Hullabaloo you didn’t really know what was going to come next with each song. The one song that caught me by surprise the most was “Peaches” as the song starts off as a updated 70’s surf sound. “The One That Got Away” is the most abstract sounding song on both albums, the song sounds as if it straight from a smoke filled old blues/jazz bar.