Leo Sayer
Silverbird


4.0
excellent

Review

by LordHamLeg USER (8 Reviews)
January 11th, 2011 | 5 replies


Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The first - and, in this reviewer's opinion, only worthwhile - album from British artist Leo Sayer.

Few people know that before Leo Sayer became the white-fro sporting King of Disco, he was an artist. It's a real shame, too, because Sayer's first release, "Silverbird" showed promise.

"Silverbird" is very dark and depressing at its heart. It's a concept album, in that the themes of isolation and sadness weave each of the songs together. The compositions (music written by David Courtney) are fairly simple, but effective, made all the stronger by Sayer's lyrics.

The album starts with "innocent Bystander", a song about chasing dreams and never fulfilling them. Then we dive right into "Goodnight Old Friend", which could either be about the loss of a relationship through death or separation, or about a person putting away their personal demons. Sayer displays a wide-vocal range, which can jump from a sweet and thin tenor to a gravelly, harsh rock voice within one song.

The break-out song on this album is "The Show Must Go On," which was made famous to US listeners by the glorified cover-band Three Dog Night. Sayer's version, however, is in my opinion much stronger. When I listen to it, it sounds to me like a circus clown singing shortly before offing everyone around him. It's a song about being trapped by one's own mistakes, and about the deadly world of show business. We then get to "The Dancer," a creepy, atmospheric piano piece, featuring Sayer's angelic falsetto, about a Dancer who takes a nasty fall from the high wire.

For all of the album's strengths, a few lame, generic songs bar it from becoming a pure classic. "Tomorrow" and "Oh What A Life" are poor attempts at rockers, and come off as forced and insincere. "Don't Tell Me That It's Over" is an alright ballad, but nothing special, and the subject matter of a lost love is definitely well-trodden ground.

I would give this album a 4 out of 5. This is a side of Sayer we only see briefly in his follow up album "Just A Boy," and then it dies, replaced by a bad disco singer who sold out. Trivia: if Roger Daltrey's first solo album wasn't rocky enough, blame Sayer - he and David Courtney wrote it!



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Comments:Add a Comment 
vanderb0b
January 11th 2011


3473 Comments


Before you write anymore, I think you should know that it's generally against site etiquette to have multiple review on the front page at a time. It's fine to have two occasionally, but three is a bit much.

LordHamLeg
January 11th 2011


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok, thank-you for informing me. I was unaware. It will not happen again.

omnipanzer
January 11th 2011


21451 Comments


I unironically have always wondered if there was a good Leo Sayer album.

LordHamLeg
January 11th 2011


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, I was surprised as well.

deepintheorchard
January 11th 2011


644 Comments


This cover is deceiving.



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