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Album Review

Give full credit to David Singer. He's managed to make a very short album — it clocks in under 37 minutes — sound like something much longer. It's all in the meat of the songs and performances, and there's plenty to sink your teeth into here. From the plaintive "Social Studies" on, he draws listeners into his world with quirky observations like "And isn't it easier to get through days at work and not complain picturing tollbooth operators glassy-eyed and making change?" But he marries his words to some excellent melodies. His Beatlesque influences are still intact, refracted through more influences than ever: e.g., the new wave of "A Theory on What Happens When You Die" (almost an homage to early Elvis Costello), the faux bar blues-jazz of "Bad Babysitter," and "The Rules of the Game," which doesn't pretend to be anything but American rock. There are plenty of hooks everywhere, and choruses that sink into your brain and refuse to go away. Musically, there's much more guitar emphasis than on his previous releases, although he does end with the piano-led ballad "Can I See You Tonight?" Singer has grown into an artist of real stature, and his rise to world domination can only be a matter of time now.

Customer Reviews


I found this in a corner if itunes. Randomly. I only bought one song but I really like it. The guy's voice is ruff-ish and the piano and drums go well together. Overall, a very good song and good lyrics. I'm planning on buying more right after I finish this review. Oh, the song I bought was "When the Spring is Finally Here." It gets good at the end.

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I downloaded "Is There Anyone Out There?" by accident when i was 13. I must have played it a gazillion times, it became one of my favorite songs! Only now, four years later have I gone back to listen to the rest of the album and I must say I like most all of them. Especially "Social Studies", "When Spring is Finally Here", and "They Caller Her Styrene". But Is There Anyone Out There will always be my favorite. I don't like the big band stuff too much, but other than that a near perfect album.


Genre: Classical

Years Active: '00s

Offering a form of dreamy alternative pop that set him apart from most guitar-oriented singer/songwriters, David Singer first appeared on the indie scene in 2000. Coming out of the Chicago area, where he'd been a member of local favorites Kid Million, Singer played almost all of the instruments on his debut as a solo artist, an LP for Deep Elm called The Cost of Living. He resurfaced two years later with a backing band (the Sweet Science) and a second effort for Deep Elm, Civil...
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