Date: December 12, 2007
Overground Underground

Sacha Sacket reaches the heavenly highs of U2 and Coldplay on new CD
Reviewed by Kit Burns

Sacha Sacket/Lovers and Leaders

Sacha Sacket has a voice that is almost too pretty for radio. Given that much of commercial FM radio is overrun by screaming emos and inarticulate rappers, you have to wonder where Sacket's place is on terrestrial airspace. Perhaps Sacket's similarity to U2's Bono and Coldplay's Chris Martin will awaken the powers-that-be, showing them that there is a market for a singer who croons like an angel.

Lovers and Leaders is no generic singer/songwriter album. Not even close. In other words, Sacket is about as far removed from the likes of John Mayer and Jack Johnson as possible. He establishes this immediately with the first cut, "Hail." Against a heartbreakingly intimate Bono-ish breathy voice, sunset piano stretches across the landscape, creating an atmosphere of transcendent love. On "Judy (for Shame)" and "Maybe You Can Save Me (from You)," Sacket recalls the floaty gorgeousness of Coldplay without blatantly aping it. Sacket isn’t trying to be Coldplay; they're just reaching for the same heavens.

"Brandon Boyd" (he of the alt-rock group Incubus) surprised me with its Radiohead-ish electronics; however, Radiohead were never this accessible, at least not since "Fake Plastic Trees" and "High and Dry." The music is lushly produced throughout, but it’s Sacket’s dreamy, plaintive singing that'll haunt my dreams.

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