Dan Sartain – Join Dan Sartain

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Album Review by Mark Bayross

Shimmering through the desert heat comes Dan Sartain, a 23 year-old troubadour from Birmingham, Alabama who has got the likes of the NME all in a twist here in the UK. He certainly has an ear for the sandswept – much of JOIN DAN SARTAIN has a jangling and rumbling Wild West intensity that recalls the likes of Gallon Drunk.

This is not at the expense of melody either, as catchy opener DRAMA QUEENS attests, while the inclusion of BESA ME MUCHO, a 1940s song written by 15 year old Mexican Consuela Velazquez (also covered by the Pete Best-era Beatles) and an Alice Cooper track (SECOND COMING) adds some variety to the mix of barrelling country rock and lounge grooves.

With no song more than three minutes long, there’s a bit of a raw speeding jukebox feel to the album, but at least this means there’s little chance of getting bored.

4 stars