The Faces of Sarah - 24

Faces of Sarah
reviewed by Jezabel

Faces of Sarah's first full album, Twentyfour, give those who love guitar
based gothic music a reason to hold onto hope. Not another aping of the
sound of Mission or Sisters,this is the evolution.

Formed in the summer of 1998, they quickly made a splash onto the 
London gothic music scene. Their first EP, "belief ep" made the rounds
and through it the band's name and music began to claim global attention
. Club play followed and since, the band has been busy with successful
and numerous shows in London and throughout England.

But it is now, with their first full-length cd that FoS has established
themselves as a true, on the books band. It's the strong, guttural,
belting vocals of Nick Schultz that are showcased in the cd's first
offering, All That is Divine, but is not the end of his mastery of voice
or of a tune. Reminiscent of Eddie Vetter in terms of strength and
manipulation of a lyricand tune nowhere is it heard better than on
Fatalistic Warning where his voice waves and wafts through, invoking
an amazing and powerful atmosphere.

The gritty and yet melodic guitars throughout the album of Alan Tampion
and John Currie show that there is still more to discover within the genre
of guitar gothic rock. Throughout the album, their strong and powerful
guitar sound pushes the music to new and interesting places, challenging
the listener to compare them to their obvious influences. And in most cases,
the listener feels rewarded for the challenge. This is no copycat band.

Frank Walters on bass and David Lockwood on drums round out the band
bringing them a full sound lost in today's world of techno.

The highlight of the album is "Baby One More Time" a cover of the Britney
Spears hit. If only Britney could find the irony, the black comedy, within the
lyrics, she could have avoided the bubble gum world and become a more
serious actual artist.

Live, FoS is filled with energy and a strong musical tension that is not lost
on this album. There is a tangible energy throughout, a flow and a strength
that will take them further as they evolve what is too often considered a
dead genre. Don't give up onguitar based gothic rock. Faces of Sarah won't
let you if you are smart enough.

The Faces of Sarah "24"

There are some interesting sleeve notes on this album and I quote
" no samples were used in the creation of this recording," now that is
rare nowadays. The first thing that hits you on this CD is the most
excellent voice of Nick, that proves hard work and training pay off.
The rest of "The Faces of Sarah" are no different in that the quality
of musicianship and maturity are a potent force to behold; with John
and Alan on guitars along with David on drums you have a very skilful
bunch indeed, let's not forget Frank on bass either, as it is he who
produces some of the finest bass playing I have heard for a long time.

This is an album that is worth getting, already when I've played tracks
from this in clubs, the dance floor is filled; I think that says it all.