Kicking off with the bouncy “Movie Loves A Screen,” April showcases a unique songwriting style that doesn’t exactly fit within any particular genre, but is immensely appealing. Songs transverse a landscape of jazz, show tunes, and pure rock and roll. The mixture is quite fitting for April as she’s always composed songs that were very pictorial; tiny stories you could actually see unfold before your very eyes. With the new sound, she’s found the perfect backdrop.
Another wonderful tune is “Dixie Boy,” which may have been the first song I can remember ever hearing from April. On this release she reworks the tune and gives it the recording it always deserved. Back when she first performed it, her voice was almost too powerful to contain. She’s since learned how to control her immense highs and lows to make the epic theatrical numbers that were hinted from the very beginning.
Songs For A Sinking Ship blends influences from the ‘40s to the current day, while April and her band prove everything old can be new again.
Highlights include the trio of incredible songs: “Terrible Things” (which wound up being on the Weeds cable television show), “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” and “Colors” along with “The One That Got Away” and “Stop Wondering.”