Review: Never Sea Land

Rating: ★★★★☆
Pirate Jenny: Never Sea Land
http://www.kevinhendrickson.com/kh/pirate-jenny/pirate-jenny.html

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Genre: Contemporary pirate rock and alternative.
Rating: PG-13
Target Audience: Ages 15 and up

What can I say about this album? It’s unfair of me to review it, I’m too biased.

I don’t know about you, but I grew up with sea shanties. Schooner Fare and its ilk were what I listened to as a teenager (which is probably why I didn’t get invited to the cool parties.) But in time I needed something different. Enter Pirate Jenny.

Never Sea Land is a brilliant album. It’s fun, it’s serious, it’s touching. A Pirate’s Life is Peaceful (’til Someone Cuts You Up), Island of Harm, and Smiling Skull are all great fun to listen to. The Black Spot, Rowing Galley, and Galleons of War have a bit more depth while remaining a treat. And then, crème de la crème, we have the title track, Never Sea Land. I adore this song in ways I can’t even explain. If you’ve ever served in the navy, and if you ever felt you worked on more of a galley ship than a modern vessel, then this song just might speak to you in the way it did me. If, on the other hand, you’ve been a landlubber your whole life, well, I don’t know what you’ll think of it. But buy the CD anyways.

I guess my only complaint would be their single use of the F-word. I don’t really mind it – it’s used so subtly that you hardly notice it’s there. But its entirely unnecessory (and I don’t mean that in a prudish way) and because of it the album has a big “explicit lyrics” tag next to it on Amazon.com. This makes it look like common trailor-trash, and this album deserves so much better.