One of my favorite albums of all time is Silvertide’s Show and Tell. Silvertide was a band from Philly that had a short existence and only released one full length album. They played guitar-driven rock, fueled by Nick Perri. Walt Lafty provided vocals with soul.
After a long hiatus Nick and Walt have reunited to form a new band called SINAI. Their first album was released on April 1. Of course I ordered it.
The album was released through the Perri Ink. Cartel, the business venture of Nick Perri that includes guitars, motorcycles, music, barbershops, and tattoos. The first printing of the album sold out in 12 hours. I guess there are others who listen to Silvertide fondly like me.
Today the album arrived.
A Pinch of Chaos is like a child with an older sibling who is nearly impossible to follow. Show and Tell was the older brother who earned duel doctorates in comparative literature and neural biology while completing law school, won a Nobel prize for eliminating hunger on two continents, set Olympic records in weigh lifting and ski jumping, looks like a movie star, and has well-behaved pets. The poor younger sibling. Yes, my expectations were high.
After listening to the album a couple of times I’ve reached the conclusion that it’s a good album, but not in the same class as Show and Tell. Interestingly, the lyrical content of A Pinch of Chaos has matured from that of Show and Tell, but that maturity came at the cost of some of the raw passion of Show and Tell that captured my attention and affection. While some glimmers of Silvertide exist in SINAI, their sound has changed.
I’ll need to let the album age a bit before I form a final verdict. It was definitely worth buying–but it’s staying power is to be determined.