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Black and Sparrow: Second Time Around

by Joe Lopergalo on June 03, 2014

Klyph Black and John Sparrow’s latest effort finds the New York duo backed by a full band to deliver a satisfactory collection of cowboy-country-blues and Tom Petty-ish pop rock. The opening track “Gunslinger” shoots straight from the hip and kicks off the album in full-throttle cowboy fashion, complete with a Wild-West-meets-surf-rock breakdown. “Time To Go” is a rollicking, country railroad romp that recalls early Pigpen-fronted Grateful Dead tunes with rhythmic harmonica, honky-tonk piano and guitar licks, to boot. Black’s skillful dobro melodies add a laid-back playfulness to songs like “Tough Livin’.” “Just Let Me Go” is an odd mix of minor chords and major melodies that manages to make sense due to some fine slide guitar and a consistent background Dixieland banjo strum. “Down The Road” is the highlight here, with a solid four-onthe- floor beat accompanying a gritty dobro-versus-baritone guitar battle that turns into a masterfully timed 12-bar and back again. Second Time Around doesn’t offer many surprises, but it does keep on track throughout and holds up as a pleasant reminder of the country-blues of old.

Authors: Joe Lopergalo
Artist: Black and Sparrow
Album: Second Time Around
Label: Self-released


I purchased the Black & Sparrow CD. Poppy songs, short and right to the point. The story “Just for the Nights” tells is fantastic, it reminds me of a spaghetti western. “Time to go” is a great boppin song.  The “Reason Why” stands out to me as a great sing along, with great lyrics. If there was top 40 like years ago, this would be a hit.  I think each song has a hook, which most are lacking today….

By Stephen Friedman - 06/29/14

A friend of mine took me to see these guys this past weekend at The Space in Westbury,NY. I was blown away by there level of energy. I purchased this CD at the show and haven’t stopped listening to it yet. I love the song “Gunslinger” great lyrics and catchy.

By Rachel Ryan - 06/29/14

I love each song on Black & Sparrow’s new CD, “Second Time Around”! I bought the CD at one of their shows and NEVER get tired of listening to it.  Each song is singable, danceable and tells a story.  I agree with a previous post that each song has a hook…and instantly draws you in with their catchy phrases and upbeat music.  As a side note - their live performances are a MUST SEE!

By Lori Marcus - 06/29/14

Bought the CD and must have listened to it 10 times in a row while on a long drive.  GREAT GREAT music!

By Lori Derych - 06/30/14

I bought the CD and I’ve been listening to it ever since. Crisp sound and great harmonies. Great stuff!

By Valerie Van Cleef - 06/30/14

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