Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dead Fingers - Big Black Dog


Dead Fingers isn’t a high-profile duo like The Civil Wars or Johnnyswim, but that situation could change if enough people hear their new CD Big Black Dog. It’s a worthy follow-up to the 2012 self-titled debut from husband and wife combo Taylor Hollingsworth and Kate Taylor Hollingsworth. They craft harmony vocals that are a bit off the beaten path, along with easy-going Americana arrangements that bring to mind a train ride or a drive down a scenic country road.

“Twisted” is a peppy number driven by bass guitar (the Hollingsworths play all the instruments except on a couple tracks) that features quick rhymes and imaginative lyrics. It’s also one of the songs where Taylor Hollingsworth’s distinctive vocals are reminiscent of Sammy Llanas of The BoDeans. A galloping beat and twangy guitar playing augment the fun scat singing on “Shoom Doom Babba Labba,” and even though “Holy Water” questions the value of faith, it’s catchy enough to have angels tapping their toes. “The Races” mixes shimmering keyboards with metaphors about enjoying life to its fullest, and Kate Taylor Hollingsworth’s evocative singing conveys the complicated romantic emotions on “Pomp And Circumstance.” 

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