ALBUM MEMENTO MATERIA, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
OCTOBER 15, 2001 REVIEW: NOVEMBER 6, 2001
Wow. This is not a big step, but a great leap for Gothenburg's Sadovaja. Where last year's debut "Kill Your Darlings" is a, maybe shaky but
quite OK, trip hop experience, "White Depression" is singer Sarah's
attempt at mainstream alternative pop/rock. I write "Sarah's attempt",
because she herself has stated that Sadovaja is her own
And maybe that's were the problem lies.
Don't get me wrong, many of the
songs, especially "The Law", "The Only One" and "Skin and Bone", shows
great potential. But they never hit the spot. Actually, they sound a bit too
much like many other guitar/drum'n'bass based bands. And that's not
depressive, but boring.
I like Sarah's voice and songwriting, but the first dominates. And as for the latter, well, it's a crying shame Sarah didn't let
others take over when she was finished. Maybe that could have polished the
edges and made this a great record instead of simply an OK and somewhat