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My Pathetic Life

The Scoldees

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Album Review

Those who are into irony should get a kick out of knowing what type of artists have influenced Scoldees vocalist Nancy Sirianni and who she is married to. Sirianni, one of the Long Island, NY band's two lead singers, is an introspective artist who brings to mind such storytellers as Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega. In other words, she would fit in perfectly on a Lillith Fair stage. Here's the ironic part: She's married to Jackie Martling, aka Jackie the Jokeman, a key figure on The Howard Stern Show. While it's fun to note that an artist worthy of The Lillith Fair is married to one of Stern's associates — Stern isn't exactly a poster child for political correctness, and his raunchy brand of entertainment wouldn't go over terribly well at Lillith Fair — that bit of information isn't as important as the fact that the Scoldees show a fair amount of promise on this appealing, if a bit uneven release. Blending folk, rock, and pop, the Scoldees bring a healthy balance of humor and sensitivity to this debut album. Neither Sirianni nor Jack Hoffman, the band's other lead vocalist, have a problem being sensitive. Nonetheless, their songs have an edge and some grit, and the humorous element that asserts itself at times (especially on "All I Want," "Cellophane Man," and the title song) is a definite asset. You can tell that Sirianni appreciates the delicacy of Colvin and Vega, but she's also capable of incorporating the grit of Sheryl Crow or Alanis Morissette. Hoffman, meanwhile, sounds like he's learned a thing or two from Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham. Not perfect but often engaging, My Pathetic Life lets us know that the Scoldees are a band to keep an eye on.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Having weathered Howard Stern's insults, Scoldees frontwoman Nancy Sirianni is ready for just about anything that comes her way in life. The Scoldees is a Long Island quartet, whose praiseworthy 2000 debut CD, My Pathetic Life, was filled with languid, introspective ballads and sunny, folksy pop songs in the vein of Natalie Merchant and the Sundays. Formed in 1997, the band consists of longtime friends. Lead vocalist Sirianni, who is married to Howard Stern's head writer, Jackie Martling, is joined...
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