Spain - Sargent Place Review

SPAIN

SARGENT PLACE Dine Alone

 

BY BRONWYN THOMPSON | NOVEMBER 3RD, 2014 12:57:PM EST

 

The 2012 album from Californian slow-core masters Spain came as a surprise – it had been more than a decade since their last release. But The Soul of Spain – though the songs were unrecorded Nineties tunes – sparked a creative flame in frontman Josh Haden and his band. While their sound is distinctive, on Sargent Place Spain take a bold step in a different direction, informed by both Haden’s jazz-musician dad Charlie and Black Keys producer Gus Seyffert, who takes away any reservedness. As a result, songs like “Love at First Sight” have a wonderful swagger, while ballad “To Be a Man” feels like an open letter to Charlie and has the kind of heartbreak Spain always threatened to deliver. 

BRONWYN THOMPSON