1. Bye Bye, Thank You For The Night
3. Stand Still
4. Shooting Star
6. Misery Loves Company
8. Perpetuum Mobile
9. Fall From Grace
Rosemary’s Sons debuted with this demo album, “Misery Loves Company”. This independent release immediately got the attention of several record companies. This solid pop/rock album shows similarity with mainstream alternative rock bands as Matchbox20, Goo Goo Dolls, Gin Blossoms & Dave Matthews Band as well as showing hints to more classic acts such as Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen & The Eagles. But with the recognizable voice of singer Martijn Hagens and very professional rhythm instrumentals by drummer Bart Herber & bass player Ad van Halteren they create a sound of their own. Especially the dynamic interaction between Martijn & Ad, that is vibrant during live performances, adds something extra to the songs. Keys player Thomas Lina fills up the fine pop/rock tunes with smart piano and keyboard melodies. Not only are these songs fit for radio, also they are gonna stick in people’s minds. With the right promotion and a bit of luck, these very well-written songs could hit big time. With intelligent melodies, sometimes enchanting vocal harmonies and above average lyrics that a lot of people can relate to, this band has the complete package. This record got them a record deal with Warner and if you give these songs a listen, you’ll understand why Warner was lucky to sign them. Out of 10, this record gets 7.5 points.
Song by song review
Bye Bye, Thank You For The Night
As you read the song title, you can tell that this would be an amazing closer for a live set. The song starts out easy, but not too easy. It’s not a ballad, but it’s not a strong rocker either. It’s a smart pop/rock song that fits in a category that also holds Matchbox20, The Verve Pipe & Gin Blossoms. The 2 things that you can notice right away in this song, are the amazing vocals by Martijn Hagens & the tight rhythm section, led by bassist Ad van Halteren. This song is probably fit for a single, but there are even better singles-choices on this cd, so it would probably do more justice as a b-side.
On the cd, Jealousy is the purest rock song. It’s guitar-driven alt. rock that reminds you of Goo Goo Dolls & Gin Blossoms right away. With very good lyrics, that everyone can reflect on, Rosemary’s Sons brings a song that will do good during live shows and will draw the pure rock fans to their fan base too. The song picks up a fast pace and continues that all through the song. Best part of the song is probably how tight it is performed. It stands up straight and will probably continue to do that through their career.
Martijn Hagens sings:”I can barely stand still”. Well, we can’t stand still at all during this song. It’s addictive, has great lyrics and amazing vocals. The drums on this song are awesome and overall this is one of the best songs on the record. This could well be one of the best live songs and also is a very high single candidate. Once you heard this song, you will find yourself singing this song, cause you won’t be able to get it out of your head. This song is an example for catchy pop/rock songs. It will stick with you. I promise.
Shooting Star is probably the best song on this cd. Well-written lyrics and the most amazing melody make this ballad grow out to an epic song in it’s sort. Hopefully this song will return on a later cd, produced & released by a major label, so that more people can get to listen to it. Cause this song will draw in everyone with a love for music. Crystal clear vocals, catchy guitar and amazing supportive drums & bass. This is a song to dream away with. It sounds like a simple song, but so did a lot of Beatles songs. It doesn’t mean it’s easy, and besides, who says easy songs aren’t good? This song will conquer the hearts of a lot of Rosemary’s Sons fans, to never leave their hearts anymore.
This song is an example of pure mainstream pop/rock. Definitely a single candidate. It reminds me of Gin Blossoms again, who are probably the band most similar to Rosemary’s Sons I can think of. Also this song reminds of Bryan Adams & Oasis. And Rosemary’s Sons lives up to these comparisons. It’s an excellent band that knows how to excellently perform excellent songs. These lyrics are maybe not their best, but that’s not something you need for a successful single. You need lyrics that people can relate to, and yes, people will definitely be able to do that with these lyrics. And with this addictive, fast-paced melody, this song could be big.
Misery Loves Company
This song sticks out from the other songs. And in a positive way. It’s slower and calmer. It reminds us of Bruce Springsteen and the lyrics remind me of something Leonard Cohen or James Taylor would write. But on this song you can clearly hear that Bruce Springsteen is one of Rosemary’s Sons’ biggest influences. The guitar sets the exact right mood for this song and with Martijn Hagens’ excellent vocal qualities, this song has everything to become one of pop’s classics. But only if the song will reach a broader audience. And this song deserves it. But so far it seems like it’s gonna be a fan’s exclusive, which has it’s charm too.
This song is obviously a demo-version. With a little more work and a little better production, this song will be the perfect cd single. It will appear in a better version on their major label debut, All In Hand, but won’t be released as a single, which, in my opinion, is a missed opportunity. But lets talk about this demo-version. It picks up a faster pace and in this song, also Thomas Lina’s qualities take shape. All band members get a chance to excel on this song. And they do. The lyrics are amazing, one of their best. The vocals are really strong, the guitar is well-performed and the bass is excellent and the drums are tight. The keyboard/synthesizer kicks in at the right moments and definitely adds to the song, though there might be a little need for fine-tuning. (Which happens with the version on All in Hand). So this song has a promising future and is still one of the fans’ favourites during live shows.
Great mainstream alt. rock song. Goo Goo Dolls/Matchbox20 kinda song, Verve Pipe/Oasis kinda lyrics, all blended together in a mix that is called Rosemary’s Sons. Another guitar-driven rock song. The lyrics are probably the strongest part of the song, though I really want to mention the excellent performance by drummer Bart Herber on this song. He pulls of a great job as he ties this song together. With the excellent vocals and the strong collaboration of all 4 musicians, this song is a great piece.
Fall From Grace
Probably the best choice for a cd single. Good lyrics, addictive melody and well-performed. It starts of easy and picks up more and more dimension. This song has the addictiveness of Stand Still and the catchiness of Cheyenne. It’s pure pop/rock in the likes of Matchbox20, Oasis & Counting Crows. It will attract pop fans and mainstream alt. rock fans, though for pure rock fans it might just be a little too soft, though I am convinced that even they can enjoy this song, cause it basically is guitar-driven and filled up with bass & drums. But the most important part of the song are probably the vocals, as is the case in many of Rosemary’s Sons’ songs. But that’s not a bad thing, cause it keeps a certain balance in their songs and they can fill it up exactly the way they want and they do it in a great way.
Sunflower is a nice dessert. It’s a slow song, a real ballad. And a typical example of a sweet song. The lyrics are as great as we are used to by Rosemary’s Sons. It shows pure emotion, which is a quality you can only find in great music. This is basically an acoustic song by Martijn, reminding us of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, James Taylor and the likes, so it would be fitting to be an extra track, which it will be on their major label debut. A great way to end this excellent record.