Todd Sarvies is no newcomer to music. In 2009 he won the reality show Starmaker that was P.Diddy’s brainchild. Since then he has played countless number of times and recently released The Dead, The Dying, The Damned. Sarvies said The album “is a collection of songs that chronicle working with a major recording label and producers. I compare these experiences to dying on an operating table and losing a great war.”
The Dead, The Dying, The Damned is a pop album with some deviations to my ears. He occasionally feeds an ’80s and ’90s rock vibe but overall this music felt very familiar to radio friendly rock. There is just no denying when you hear the opening song “Gravity” that it feels like the lovechild of bands like Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty. Suffice it to say if you like the first song you will like the others.
“Gravity” adheres to the tropes and criteria of pop songs and I don’t say that in a pejorative way. Sarvies utilizes the template for how a radio friendly pop song is supposed to sound. “Plastic” hits a little more of a hard rock vibe while “Code Blue” tapes into a more reflective singer/songwriter type angle.
“Fire at Will” was a fast paced highlight amongst the batch. He sings, “Cannot give up, cannot give in, despite the torture taking toll, You risk making a martyr in this campaign for control.”
As the album progresses it gets dark. I started analyzing the lyrics and I think it might be easy to gloss over why. On “Save My Soul” he sings, “A system’s in complete control, bloodshed is living proof, Agendas in place, we are pawns in this game” and on a highlight entitled “Crash” he sings, “The vultures, are circling, the scene of the crime, Piecing theories together, and writing headlines.”
Towards the end of the album he starts mixing up multiple genres with different styles. “Killer” has a sludgy rock vibe, “Dust and Ash” is a soulful performance with electronic production and “Going Nowhere” is a motivational ballad.
His style was hard to get a hold of after spending more time with the album and the last couple of songs kind of threw me for a loop. Either way the album is still grounded in a style of pop that you will have heard before unless you have been living in a cave and will appeal to fans of radio friendly rock/pop genre.
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