This is a review of "Talking Sense Blues" recorded by The Passing Fancy. The review was written by Jessica Thornsby in 2009.
'Talking Sense Blues,' the debut single from Wakefield's 'The Passing Fancy' is folkish indie with infectious percussion and hand-clapping sound effects. If that knee-jiggling beat is 'Talking Sense Blues's greatest strength, then the straightforward, everyman lyrics are a close second. The chorus of "and I'm sorry, don't know what else to do / I just don't wanna hang around with you no more" is refreshingly unpretentious, and frontman's Paul Bateson's straight-talking delivery makes for quirky and comical listening.
'Talking Sense Blues' is goodtimes, harmonica-coated folk music with charming lyrics, and it just may see The Passing Fancy worm their way into the affections of those who wouldn't normally listen to folk.
Like 'Talking Sense Blues,' B-side 'Suburban Lovesick Blues' gets that all-important base beat spot-on, with a simple, twitchy acoustic guitar providing rock-solid foundations. Also like the A-side, 'Suburban Lovesick Blues's lyrics are likeably to-the-point, an ethos that compliments the song's no-frills folk sound. Bursts of harmonica and a gradual, mid-verse swell of a secondary acoustic guitar, provides the only bit of variation necessary.
Bonus live track 'Rambler Gambler, is a twinkly acoustic ballad that meanders prettily along for the first half, before the introduction of snappy, hand-clapping beats sees The Passing Fancy pick up the pace. Frontman Bateson's vocals are impressive to say this is a live recording. In fact, if it wasn't for a less-than-polished edge to the harmonica, you probably wouldn't guess this was a live recording at all. 'Rambler Gambler' bodes well for The Passing Fancy as a live proposition.
The Passing Fancy's debut single offers up three tracks of charismatic, low-key indie-folk. It's far from earth-shattering, but just how unshowy it is, is actually pretty refreshing, and makes it the perfect accompaniment to a quiet summer's afternoon.