William Fitzsimmons
The Sparrow and the Crow


4.5
superb

Review

by TheStig USER (6 Reviews)
December 19th, 2010 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album that displays an incredible understanding of songwriting.

From the opening notes of the piano in After Afterall, to the closing sentiments of Goodmorning, Fitzsimmons allows the emotion behind his music shine through. With his first studio recorded album, and third overall, William Fitzsimmons puts forth yet another incredibly strong record. The Sparrow & The Crow is filled with Fitzsimmons' multi-instrument talents, incredible songwriting, and emotion filled lullaby like vocals. It's as soft and beautiful as anything Fitzsimmons has done, and yet it carries a certain weight throughout the entire album.

I often find myself listen to certain albums when I'm in certain moods, as I'm sure most people do. While I was initially drawn to this album on a relaxing afternoon, I've come to find that I can listen to it at any time and it will PUT me in the mood to continue listening. Everything about this album is appealing, and it draws you in almost instantly.

Fitzsimmons style is soft, emotional, and simple. I can't say that it's completely unique, because many singer-songwriters follow a similar formula. However, Fitzsimmons seems to have an understanding, a mastery, of how to make it work better than most performers. His soft croon carries incredible melody throughout the record, and despite being soft and smooth, remains the focal point of the album. It's obvious that Fitzsimmons values the songwriting and story telling more than anything, as the restraint and simplicity of his instruments really allows his songwriting ability to shine.

Whether it's the simple snare patterns, beautiful male and female vocal delivery, or restrained (yet very noteworthy) melody held by guitar, banjo, and paino, this album is an incredibly enjoyable listen. Whatever instrument is being played, it complements the vocal delivery well. While it remains just a complement for the most part, the instrumental work still leaves the listener with a great respect for Fitzsimmons' playing.

What we have is an incredibly gifted songwriter, a very talented musician, and a very moving piece of music. With this album, William Fitzsimmons should cement himself in the upper ranks of modern songwriters. Despite many people following a similar approach to their music, Fitzsimmons performs in a way that makes him instantly recognizable. His understanding of how to write emotional and moving music will keep this album in my rotation for a long time.



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TheStig
December 19th 2010


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needed a review, badly.

EVedder27
December 19th 2010


6088 Comments


Great to see this reviewed, and nice job. Only thing I'll say is it seems like you use "I" too much, especially in that second paragraph. Just something that stood out to me.

TheStig
December 19th 2010


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Noted. I can definitely see what you're saying. Will take a look and see if it can be re-worked a bit!

Thanks!

crazyblinddude
December 19th 2010


3389 Comments


Nice review. This guy is really talented. You describe the sound of this album really well.

EyeForAnEye
December 19th 2010


1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album and this mans spectacular beard.

TheStig
December 19th 2010


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, BlindDude!

And yeah, the beard is epic!

TheSpirit
December 19th 2010


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great album william fitzsimmons rules

Digging: Wreodan Heahl - Laecig

DiceMan
December 20th 2010


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Honestly he's better with less production...

Knott-
Emeritus
December 13th 2011


10197 Comments


this is about 482904802 times better than Until When We Are Ghosts. it kills me.

DeafMetal
June 20th 2012


8588 Comments


yeah

Digging: Hawkwind - Space Ritual

TheSpirit
June 29th 2013


17879 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So fantastic



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