Sad Bear by Tony Sly is a record from 2011, even though it was a couple of years ago, however this is not a reason enough to don’t talk about this record.
Far from what Tony Sly is used to release with No Use For A Name, and quite far from what we are used to. Actually wondering the reason behind, could be for the simple fact that he did enjoy preparing something more acoustic or maybe to reproduce similar experience with Joey Cape at early stage. It’s a tony Sly’s record just Tony and his guitar, nothing else, nothing more. It was his second LP like this “12 Song Program”.
I never thought that I would like an acoustic record so much. Please let me take the opportunity to actually thanks so much the person who offered it to me, he nailed it! There is no week that it doesn’t spin at home and actually became wo my wife’s favourite.
The review of this album is quite easy, it is Tony Sly doing what he does the best, twelve easy songs but with some great and captivating lyrics. The title describes perfectly what we will find track after track, a bunch of sad and melancholic tunes. The best way to enjoy these intimate lyrics is have hot chocolate and relax on the couch. I’m not quite sure how long it is, but it makes feel I’m standing quite often to flip the side.
It is an acoustic record, let´s not talk about it’s technically or how does it sounds as it is not too relevant, the 2 things that I would only like to point out is the songs and the voice. These songs bring to you all the emotion that Tony put on each song, and make you feel part of them, there is no urgency for anything at all, everything comes when it should come.
All the songs are exquisite but the one I like the most, is “Discomfort Inn”, I do not really know why maybe it’s because it’s the most ambiguous.
There are not any mediocre song in the whole career of Tony Sly, either alone or with No Use For A Name, he has been one of the best songwriters ever.
It’s only Tony Sly and his guitar Martin, his most intimate album.
As Joey Cape sang with Lagwagon: “… Tony, we’ll always long for one more song ..”