Music Review—Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners

Artist: Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners
Album: Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners

Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners have released their debut self-titled LP, Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners.  The album is available for streaming anywhere you get your music.

The UK band was formed in 2019, and consists of Ginger Wildheart, Neil Ivison, Nick Lyndon, and Shane Dixon.

Of the band itself, Ginger says, “Me and The Sinners met for the very first time in the studio, in preparation for recording an album together.  We figured out that if we can’t get along with each other then the music would be ultimately worthless.  So we went to the pub and got drunk together.  The next morning the music started flowing with ease.  This is the sound of friendship.”

Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners has ten tracks: Wasted Times; That Smile; Footprints in the Sand; Lately, Always; Dirty Water; Work In Progress; Breakout; Six Years Gone; Not the Staying Kind; and Code of the Road.  There are music videos available on the band’s YouTube for several of the songs, including: Wasted Times, Footprints in the Sand, and Lately, Always.  “Dirty Water” and “Six Years Gone” are cover songs, originally played by Status Quo and Georgia Satellites, respectively.

Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners sound like a cross between The Beatles and Tim McGraw.  Now, I’m certainly not saying they are as prolific as The Beatles, but I feel like that is the vibe that the band is going for.  The album is easy listening—the songs are generally upbeat and relatable with a few catchy hooks thrown in.  However, most of the tracks are pretty indistinguishable from one another.  As a whole, the album feels like any other generic country album.  This might not be so bad if you’re into country music, but to be honest, country is not my thing.

“Wasted Times” is about wasting time in a relationship that wasn’t right for either party, and dealing with the conflicting feelings of knowing the relationship is toxic but still feeling the pull of the other person.  Ginger sings, “But any time you’re lonely/there’ll be a big old open door/You’re part of me like one of/these tattoos/Wasted time’s never wasting time with you.” The music video for “Wasted Times” is simple footage of the band performing, using the vintage effect to make the video look old.  A little cheesy, in my opinion.

“Footprints in the Sand” references the popular Christian poem about God carrying people through tough times, but insisting that a single set of footprints in the sand means that you are walking alone.  Ginger sings, “So when you find yourself/climbing out of the rubble/Remember there was only you/to hold your hand.” The music video for this song uses the same performance footage from the “Wasted Times” video mixed with shots of a man on a beach.

Overall, I wasn’t a fan of Ginger Wildheart and The Sinners.  I did like the content of their songs, but I just can’t do country music.

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