Sean Rowe

by | Aug 8, 2012 | Reviews

“An introspective, timeless showcase of a deep-voiced singer/songwriter’s gift”

The Salesman and the Shark

New York, NY


It is difficult to characterize the hefty-voiced singer/songwriter that is Sean Rowe, but his story does largely parallel that of American author and transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau.  Just as Thoreau’s masterpiece, Walden, resulted from living solitarily in the woods, Rowe continues to craft his own after a similar experience.  His latest effort, The Salesman and the Shark, opens with “Bring Back the Night,” a powerful waltz with tinges of country amid lyrics projected through exquisite vocals that, over the progression of the track, build in both power and in scale.  A song about redemption and maturity, the singer/songwriter is accompanied by an angelic feminine voice and an intricate arrangement of instruments.  Such elements result in a deeply moving single.

Later, the album switches gears with the percussive “Joe’s Cult,” dripping with tribal influences and Tom Waits flavor, in which Rowe growls: “There’s a few of us that feel we’ve been led to an empty house.  There are some of us who know the roof is leaking.”  Further indicative of Rowe’s versatility is “Signs,” a melancholic lament for those who have passed on.  Destined to become a timeless classic, The Salesman and the Shark brilliantly showcases the talents of a gifted individual.

Recorded live at Vox Recording Studios

Produced by Woody Jackson