What a CD, a fresh, unique approach to music this is something a little bit different, that will not be contained within a genre or a mix of genres. If you like your music original with style, verve and energy this CD is for you. From the opening, loud slightly discordant note on the opening title track Killing It through to the melodic fade away on The Line this is a CD to be listened to time and time again, there is nothing boring about the music, lyrics and the production keeps a live edgy feel so the unexpected is just around the corner. This is a complete production the CD makes sense and no song is included as packaging. In an eccentric way the eclectic approach of Dave Migden and The Dirty Words, there is something funky, swampy and on the dark side about this music which is part of Dave’s heritage. Dave, though now based in the U.K., originally hailed from Little Rock, Arkansas and much of the imagery is definitely rooted in the deep south.
There is an experimental edge to the album, reflecting the live performance with the use of a loud-hailer to reflect and give greater texture to his rich baritone voice. This is not a one man show, this is no product of a power guitar leading and other musicians in the band following, this is a true musical collaboration of a group of skillful and adventurous musicians. They are not scared to use the lyrics to state their case as showcased in D.A.W.T.P.W.M; with clever use of falsetto and the incorporation of the horns giving the track a modern twist on the ‘Big Band sound’. When listening do not always expect to understand the musical phrasing or lyrical couplets or the words but as a whole this definitely works for me. This is an album of textures light and dark, sunny and cloudy, rough and the smooth with some pieces showing restraint such as Heaven with the beautiful piano led melody. What stays in your mind though is Dave Migden’s voice that soars through the production and highlights the other instruments and develops the tempo with a voice that is definitely more Black Treacle than Golden Syrup. Listen to the album with open ears, sit back and enjoy the journey.