David Shultz And The Skyline - Sinner's Gold Review

by Patrick Muldowney

Having followed the relatively little known David Shultz since he was less than little known, I find myself surprisingly disappointed with Sinner's Gold. The tracks off his self-titled debut were rough around the edges and beautiful (think Varnaline, Andrew Bird). While improving the polish and craft on Sinner's Gold, David Shultz becomes an indication of exactly why Paul Westerberg was at his worst on Capitol Records, and why Jack Johnson is nauseating to anyone who has matured past Curious George. In all fairness though, most listeners do not have the perspective to judge David Shultz based on his first effort, and Sinner's Gold has several tracks that don't lose appeal in the overvalued attempt to achieve perfect stereo clarity.

"Can't Can't", with its constant word play of double-entendre and alliteration, is right on with some of the great Westerberg ditties. "Albino Crow" has the timbre of David Shultz's previous work, finishing the heartbreak of lost love with an appropriate ending of soulful harmonica. "Already There" is a perfect southern pop rock song that would have been right up there with the best tracks on Cracker's Kerosene Hat. Shultz must have realized this was the potential hit since Sinner's Gold was titled as a reference to this song.

David Shultz has a solid backing group and the studio experience to make a great sounding album like Sinner's Gold. All that is lacking now is the comfort level, given these new developments, to reveal the mutations that made him more than your average singer/songwriter.

Tracks added to iPod: Can't Can't, Albino Crow, Already There, The Key

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