Cindy Lee Berryhill – Who’s Gonna Save The World? – Vinyl Record
Rhino Records 1987
Cindy Lee Berryhill is a folk-rock singer/songwriter who, although one hates to say it, plays better on paper than on record. Those who bemoan the decline of fresh singer/songwriter talent in the pop and rock mainstream have to admire her obvious respect for classic singer/songwriter values, and her determination to present them in a present-day context that doesn’t merely ape the sound of the ’60s and ’70s. She has the desirable liberal and feminist politics, and is conscious of delivering these with a sense of humor. But her vocals and songwriting, not to mention that sense of humor, are not top-flight enough to make her more than a minor performer, if a periodically engaging one.
Berryhill has always identified herself with the alternative rock scene, playing in a punk rock band before going solo, and supporting such acts as Billy Bragg, the Smithereens, the Proclaimers, and X. Her music usually owes as much to folk as rock, though. The San Diegan’s 1987 debut, Who’s Gonna Save the World?, may be her best simply because it is her most straightforward. Then as now, she was most effective, ironically, at her most basic and serious. Her talking-blues and satirical numbers are not funny or biting enough, and when she adopts a jiving vocal tone, the results are much more awkward than when she just sings.
Brand new, never played and still sealed in the factory plastic seal with punch in jacket edge
She had Everything
Damn, I Wish I Was A Man
Steve On H
Looking Through Portholes
Who’s Gonna save The World?
Spe – c – i – al Ingredient
Ballad Of A Grage Band