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Review: The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

They’re not from Scotland, they have nothing to do with law enforcement, they don’t do gospel music, and they’re not a choir.  They’re an indie pop group out of Chicago.  Aren’t they cute?  The CD booklet lists a Scotland Yard Gospel CHoirzillion people but the main guy appears to be Elia Einhorn who produced the CD, designed the sleeve, and wrote all the tunes save one which he co-wrote with singer, cellist, bass player Ellen O’Hayer.  The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir  is the group’s first album.

The core members of the band are college grads with music degrees which is surprising given that the music on The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir  is fairly unremarkable.  Instrumentation is varied – bands like Arcade Fire appear to be an influence – but melodically, harmonically, rhythmically and structurally the songs are pretty ordinary.  Einhorn’s lyrics are more literate than standard pop fare, certainly, but are more or less par for the course for the indie pop niche the bands falls comfortably within.  Life appears to be have been something of a bummer for The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir as their nine songs have titles like “This world has no place for me”, “Obsessions”, “In hospital”, and “Broken front teeth”, and are concerned with subjects such as the devastation left in the wake of the death of a loved one, a relationship ending badly (big surprise there), anger at a stepfather who didn’t give enough attention, and an unloved outsider. 

If you’re a fan of miserabilist, multi-instrumentalist indie pop, you may find much to enjoy on The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir.  If not, give this one a pass and wait to see if the band can do something more original with their music educations the next time around.

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05/14/2008 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews

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