David Singer and The Sweet Science - Civil Wars (Cover Artwork)

David Singer and The Sweet Science

David Singer and The Sweet Science: Civil WarsCivil Wars (2002)
Deep Elm Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: maverickScott
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Deep Elm has done it again. The label doesn't neccessarily put out amazing CDs every time, but whatever it is that they put out, you can always count on it to be pretty darn solid for whatever genere it dabbles in. David Singer's new CD, "Civil Wars," is no different. David Singer's specialty i.
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Deep Elm has done it again. The label doesn't neccessarily put out amazing CDs every time, but whatever it is that they put out, you can always count on it to be pretty darn solid for whatever genere it dabbles in. David Singer's new CD, "Civil Wars," is no different.

David Singer's specialty is catchy, Beatles-esque pop, and he does a damn good job at it. Similarities will abound with Elliot Smith and Badly Drawn Boy, but upon closer listens, you'll realize that Singer doesn't need pro tools or a scraggly beard and the Mercury prize to make compelling pop music. His lush arrangements of tracks like "I'm Not Leaving" and "I'll See You In The Moon" conjur up images of Elvis Costello's poppier side, if anything.

While Singer can orchestrate songs well, his best work comes with minimalistic accompaniment. The album's best track, "I Will Come Back From The War," is a melancholy waltz with excellent lyricism, featuring David's penchant for storytelling. If you're a fan of Jonah's onelinedrawing, you'll get a rough idea.

The only thing the disc is missing is some muscle in certain places, however. The album slides by too quickly in points due to a lack of the "rock", as it were. The folksy pop contained within the CD is more than enough to wake you up on the weekends, and it's just as good to soothe you to sleep. All in all, Deep Elm has another winner on their hands - it might not be spectacular, but I'll be damned if it's not great.

I'm Not Leaving [full]
Everything I Should Forget [clip]
I'm Not Leaving [clip]
I Will Come Back From The War [clip]
Slightly Damaged, Hardly Used [clip]


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Anonymous (November 17, 2002)

Well, yes, I was quite clearly asking a question. If you read a whole sentence before it, you'll notice that I was asking whether or not you remembered that particular 'phrase'. So, yes, I was asking a question.

So that little remark didn't really work did it? No, it didn't.

Anonymous (November 17, 2002)

There's a question mark on the end of retarded. Were you asking a question? Or did your spell checker miss that?

Anonymous (November 17, 2002)

Remember that little message board image thing that you've probably seen and chuckled at the first time you saw it? 'Arguing on the internet is like competing in the Special Olympics. Even if you win, you're still retarded'?

Go figure

Anonymous (November 17, 2002)

I think we've both said enough to understand who's the idiot here. Your 5th grader insults were never funny and you're a total dipshit. I'm curious, anyone reading this think this guy is as stupid as I do? Fuck off.

Anonymous (November 16, 2002)

Boom. Right there I proved my fucking point. You keep checking and responding like a good little boy. As far as the fat fuck thing, I can tell you're a fat mother fucker because of the way you type. Do I need to explain myself tubby? You see, since you have to actually lift up your gut to see your penis, (because you're fat) you also have fat little sausages for fingers. Which causes you to press multiple keys at the same time. Instead of swallowing turkeys whole like some giant anaconda, maybe you should put you're parent‚??s money to use and go study fat boy. And maybe you should drive your car that your dad still pays for, down to the library and actually try to learn. I know you think we have this whole love/hate thing going, but I really don't think of you that way. So in closing, I think you should waddle your asses down the street, try to get into your car and drive(with your bumper scraping the pavement) to you're parents house and thank them for providing for you. Because, believe it or not, some of us have to work and can't eat and go to college all on mommies money. biaaatch

Anonymous (November 16, 2002)

I know it's really hard to grasp this, but you made the first comment and I responded and you responded back and so on. So, somehow, I keep you comming back? Is that your defense as to why you keep "coming back" and dragging on long stories/jokes? Right...
The truth is that you're a total fucking idiot who thinks people are impressed with corny long-winded jokes. All your comments and logic are totally childish and remind me of being in middle school. Like calling me a fatass. You have no idea how I look, but you try to make fun of my weight. See? Middle school arguement. It doesn't make any sense. You cannot possibly attack anything that I've done as being stupid. You can't point out one thing that makes me look like the idiot here. The closest thing you have that even makes sense is the fact that I'm the moron who keeps you coming back...and that's a stretch. Now it's your turn to say something stupid. Wait, since you're so above me, maybe you should be the bigger man and not respond. No wait, ya know what would be better? Another one of your jokes. Those are classic.

Anonymous (November 16, 2002)

It's not funny to you because I'm making fun of your fat ass. I'm being a jackass? You do realize that you keep checking back to see what I'm going to write. You're the dumb mother fucker that keeps me going. There‚??s no way I can‚??t make fun of you. It‚??s just so fucking easy. I insult your chunky ass and you just say stop? Sure I'll stop. I'll stop when you can walk to the fridge and back without getting winded. Do the truffle shuffle again, its priceless.

Anonymous (November 16, 2002)

I can't beleive you keep doing it over and over. So, you tell a really elaborate story that I guess is supposed to be funny. Then you drag it on and on until it's dead, then you drag it some more and you do it on every joke you make. I pointed out the fact that that's all you do and you STILL came back and did it again. It's like you can't function with out telling a fucking stupid joke and just beating the shit out of it. I'm ignoring all the other comments because they're all pretty pointless and retarded. You look like a jackass dude, I'd just stop now.

Anonymous (November 15, 2002)

I'm trying to hard? What the fuck am I trying too hard at? If you knew me then you would know the only thing I put any effort into is drinking. I also think its sweet that you 2 stick up for each other. One of you is tossing the others catching. You're like cagney and lacy, how cool is that? Um waiter. Yes. Did those 2 toss this salad? Yes. I don't really want it then. But sir, they are professional salad tossers. The funniest thing is that I really don't give a shit. Even funnier still is that I don't live in my parents house. Are you and your brother still tub buddies? Get all slippery in the bathtub then run and jump into your bunk beds? Still have those transformer sheets? You remind me of Tom Hanks in the movie Big. You know, when he‚??s like 30 but still 12 inside. Chicks don‚??t dig it when you‚??re more interested in nibbling tiny corn than their tits. And the cherry on top of this I-don't-give-a-fuck sundae is that you actually seem to care. To let you in on my little inside joke, I'm actually calling you a twat. Funny huh? Don't say I never gave you anything. So I‚??ll give you and Nancy drew some time to dig up a clever reply to the lame shit I just said. Because with the 2 of you working the case, it‚??s bound to be good. Dipshit.

Anonymous (November 15, 2002)

I agree with the dude below. your trying too hard and its painful to watch

Anonymous (November 15, 2002)

I think I proved my point. You better hope this doesn't go on much more or you might run out of stupid jokes that drag on too long. Twat? God that's fucking stupid.

Anonymous (November 15, 2002)

I sound like I'm reading from a book? You're right dude! You got me. It's a pop-up book called "The Big Book of Go Fuck Yourself." It was, believe it or not written for you. Weird huh? Wait a sec! I know you! I remember coming home from junior high one afternoon, grabbing a Popsicle and turning on the TV. I turned it to my favorite show; you guessed it, the after school special. You were the star of that episode I think. It was called, "little pat has both girl and boy parts." It showed how you were trying to decide which one to be, boy or girl. You were afraid to tell people that you had a peepee and an axe wound. It was crazy cuz in that episode I think you "dated" the head cheerleader and the quarterback. In the end you couldn't decide so you wore your letterman jacket and a skirt. Have you found yourself yet? I hope so. I‚??ve always wondered this, when you rub one out do you have to take yourself out on a date? Do you have to sweet talk yourself into bed? And afterwards do you roll over and fall asleep? If you‚??re still depressed about your situation, just remember this, suicide is always the answer. I suggested going out like that dude from inxs. That would be cool. twat

Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

Poop on a plate!!!

Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

Bah hah hah!


Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

Twat? You sound like a dirty brit, you child molester.

Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

I think that guy is pretty funny, but maybe he's trying a little to hard. Cock drilling for tonsils? Come on dude, that's lame. You sound like your reading that shit from a book, 93% of it was comebacks formed into a paragraph. I can also understand what the reviewer meant by music to fall asleep to. I don't think he literally meant that's the only time he likes to listen to it, it's just soothing and can make for good bedtime musis.

Anonymous (November 13, 2002)

I just started laughing out loud at work, almost crying after reading those comments.This score is for you.


Anonymous (November 13, 2002)

regardless of any of these comments, Mr. Singer has a great record on his hand. He is a fine singer/songwriter and deserves the same credit that Badly Drawn Boy and Elliot Smith get. (The new BDB is excellent by the by) A solid bittersweet pop record.

waste_elite (November 12, 2002)

these comments are priceless

Tahoejeff (November 12, 2002)

I'll give a 10 just for the comments...fucking hilarious

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

My bad. Like your parents, I made a mistake. But unlike your parents, mine can be corrected. I'll tell you what I'm gonna do. I'll slip off my toilet seat and get the idea for the flux capacitor. Then I'll Marty Mcfly my ass back to when your momma was pregnant and do what your daddy should've done. Give her a clothes hanger and some instructions. Because if you‚??re going to judge my intelligence by one grammar mistake, then I guess I'll have to judge your capacity for abstract thought. Because frankly meat gazer, that "mental midget" comment was kinda lame and trite. Oh, and just because you let your English teacher's cock drill for tonsils, doesn't mean that will make you a smarter person. God, I wonder what you did to ‚??bone up‚?Ě for your S.A.T.‚??s? twat

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

I think what you meant to say was "irresistible". The cookies were "irresistible" not resistible. Damn, if you're gonna rip on the kid, at least get it right. Fucking mental midget.

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

Can they do what Jonah can do live? That I'll question...

- Scott
(Her hips are like sea shells)

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

Fucking pick one. It's great! But it sucks. You said it's great to put you to sleep? What the fuck is that? Why would I want to put on a fucking cd to go to sleep? As for the comparisons to Elliot Smith. THEN JUST BUY ELLIOT SMITH. Jesus Christ. I know why you gave it such a good review. David singer is in fact the Pepperidge Farm man. That explains so much. I know how resistible those damn mint milano and goldfish crackers can be. But please you've just gotten your stomach stapled again. Remember last time when you went to hometown buffet and popped your staple? Yeah it hurt huh! We talked about this before. Instead of food in exchange for good reviews, just ask for sexual favors. twat

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