Genre: Alternative Rock, Dark Folk

Sounds like: Freddie Hart, Nick Cave

The Good Tripped out vibe, mysterious lyrics 

The Bad Seven songs just inst enough

The Ugly More songs needed, weak cover art

The Band 4 out of 5

The Music 4 out of 5

The Songs 5 out of 5

The Vibe 4 out of 5

The Production 2 out of 5

The Verdict 4 out of 5








The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from Singer/Songwriter Doug McCurry entitled interestingly enough Seven Songs About Leaving. Turns out McCurry comes to us from North Carolina. He is one of those composers out there that is a one man band, or a single composer. Simply put he's kind of like Beck, or even Trent Reznor, or Thomas Dolby with respect to the musical art form.


The band McCurry plays all musical instrumentation on the CD. His playing abilities are solid across the board. I would say he possesses intermediate playing abilities. Timing seems to be spot on within the dark alternative rock grooves. McCurry may not have the best voice in the world but he manages to hold his head above water & pulls it off. This format matches the foreboding music perfectly. The music The music possesses a dark southern stigma to it but is highly Alternative within it's predominantly rock foundation. Lyrical content is a big mystery wrapped up inside an enigma. The songs All pieces strike the prefect balance between dark folk, alternative & acoustic rock, & with just a dash of punk. The songs themselves are clearly above average even flirt with brilliant.  My favorite song on the CD is “Dig a Hole” The vibe simply put  - if your in a dark mood, this CD will only put more dark thoughts into your head. The songs are fascinating & captivating delivering up dark, unpredictable, melancholy & highly original music. The production The production is professional grade though I gave McCurry a low mark here because it feels more like an EP than a full length CD. The good Honorable mentions go out to McCurry for not being afraid to let it all hang out musically. McCurry is not trying to be some popish artist striving for mass appeal, instead he is clearly being himself. In this world of overly corporate entertainment Doug McCurry stands out from other artists. Other positive aspects include rock solid mix & a good recording quality. The bad Just Seven Songs? Feels like an EP. The ugly I know you got a few more songs up your sleeve. I'm not to crazy about the cover art either. Doesn't match up to the level of creativity presented in the music.


The verdict Seven Songs About Leaving is a very entertaining CD - end of subject. The songwriting - clearly above average & strongly personifies the Human condition.  Like I said earlier, if your in a dark mood, this CD will only put more dark thoughts into your head. Fans of tripped out folk, Alternative Rock with s southern twang will love this one. The Bottom Line If you are looking for dark & trippy music to push you even further into the abyss - look no further.


Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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