Release Date: Aug 28, 2012
Record label: Anti / Epitaph
Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Yes, Sean Rowe once spent a spell living off the land, as a naturalist for nearly a month. Yes, Sean Rowe has an incredibly evocative baritone that slightly recalls each member of songwriting’s unholy trinity (Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits) as well as the Man in Black. Yes, his debut record Magic was excellent; and yes, The Salesman and the Shark somehow manages to top it.
Singer and songwriter Sean Rowe is possessed of a truly singular voice. On Magic, his Anti debut in 2011, it seemed to rumble straight up from the depths of the earth to shake the listener's ground. Though the stark guitar and voice production were a bit rigid, Rowe's songs, even when a tad clumsy, carried within them a singular vision of the natural world and an experiential poetry that was easily communicated to listeners through that powerful voice.
In the world of singer/songwriter baritone voices, such classic rumbling vocalists as Leonard Cohen, Mark Lanegan, Nick Cave and even Tom Waits sound like Minnie Mouse next to Sean Rowe. Only the dude from the Crash Test Dummies comes close. Rowe made a solid first impression with his 2011 debut Magic. A year later his sophomore effort ups the production and backing instrumentation.