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Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 @ 11:19:21 UTC
Artist: Goodbye Girl Friday
CD: Silver or Gold
Home: Brooklyn, New York
Style: Modern Pop/Rock
Quote: "Goodbye Girl Friday deftly expresses the melancholy mood with exquisitely crafted musicianship and arrangements."
By Suzanne Glass
Led by songwriter-keyboardist-vocalist David Sherman, Brooklyn band Goodbye Girl Friday has a slightly unusual three-piece rock line-up - drums (Andy Sanesi), bass (Dan Grennes) and keyboards (Sherman), but no guitarist. In the studio, they used a group of talented and fitting session musicians to fill out the sound on their new pop/rock CD, Silver or Gold, but when touring, they perform as a power trio.
Sherman's keys are so cool, just calling him a "keyboard player" misses the point. At various times he plays electric piano, wurlitzer, organ, and synthesizers. His voice is also good, a pleasing blend of intimacy and detachment which leaves you hanging on every breath to see where it will move next.
Sherman's songs are pure modern pop masterpieces. The thoughtful, soul-searching lyrics have a way of saying a lot with a little, telling the story with a few very well-chosen words. The album has several songs that seem related to a break-up or other "bad love" situation, and Goodbye Girl Friday deftly expresses the melancholy mood with exquisitely crafted musicianship and arrangements.
"Better on Paper" features clever lyrics and a strong, minor-feel chorus.
Better on paper
Better than alive
Better on paper
Than your guy
"To Be Cool" has a bit of country flavor, and is a story about moving to New York to be cool, but ending up otherwise.
I'm not afraid
I'm not a fool
But I ain't cool
Goodbye Girl Friday features two Berklee graduates (Sherman and Grennes, who met at the Boston school) who used to be infatuated with writing songs that featured odd meters and complex jazz chords, but who recently made the decision to write more "pop-oriented" tunes. I think they have succeeded, because the first two "reminds me of" major artists I thought of while listening were Steely Dan and Matchbox 20 (both of whom I love). So while the band may or may not appreciate the comparison, I think it shows they have achieved the goal they set out to achieve: creating music that richly challenges the musicians, but still resonates with mainstream, 3-chord-loving listeners.
Favorite Songs: "Better on Paper," "Faces," "Cold Summer Rain," "Mother Me"
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