Album Review

Shiny and the Spoon "Ferris Wheel"

Darren C. Demaree
On their first full-length album “Ferris Wheel”, Shiny and the Spoon (Cincinnati) have seemingly made a promise to us, that they know they’re good, and they know they’re going to get better. I had heard a few random songs of theirs before I got a hold of this album, and I thought they were pretty good, but when Amber Nash and Jordan Neff added Upright Bass player Pete Brown they cemented their sound with a quality, classic folk/Americana touch that raises them to the big leagues as it were.

Highlighted by simple, beautiful tracks like “Killin’ the Flower” and “I Hear Ghost”, they are able to show you some prowess with the lyric, as well as an ability to step back at let the music deliver itself without too much interference. Even their cover of “Take On Me” is brought with an interesting pace that revives an already great song.

Shiny and the Spoon is already a really good band, but I’m confident they will grow into an excellent band. I say this, because even with the prowess they showed with this debut album, it was flawed slightly in that it never showcased any great songs. As in, at no point did I send any emails or make any phone calls about an individual track I had to share with a fellow AltOhioan. This is a small complaint to be sure, as I’m sure everyone will enjoy this album. I, for one, will be eagerly awaiting their next one as well.