The Vincent Black Shadow - Fears in the Water Review
by Morley Seaver
Hailing from Vancouver and taking its name from a description of a motorcycle in a Hunter S. Thompson novel, The Vincent Black Shadow is the latest in a series of great bands in the Bif Naked's stable. Comprising of vocalist Cassandra Ford, brothers Robbie, Chris & Tony Kirkham (on guitars, bass and drums respectively) and keyboardist Mary Ancheta, TVBS have crafted an excellent record with strong songs that all have the same energy but are not clones of themselves.
The material is rock but there are many elements sprinkled in here and there. Harpsichord and piano are used nicely and some of the songs sound like soundtrack music from a movie in the '30s or '40s, only with a modern spin. Ford has a really seductive voice that just captures your ears from the first few notes. The first half of this record is very, very good, starting off in a big way with "Metro". The double-time vocals grab your attention right away before sliding into a terrific chorus that you will be singing for days. My favorite cut on the record is "Control", a fantastic song that has a hook so big Moby Dick wouldn't be safe. Ford's voice simply makes the cut and Ancheta's piano dresses it up nicely. "Bullet on the Tracks" is another solid winner and "Don't go Soft" is spectacular with it's torch-song format. On and on it goes with one great song after another. If this is their debut, clearly we will be hearing from The Vincent Black Shadow for a long while.
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