I heard Never Sea Land first. It’s how I was introduced to Pirate Jenny, and how I fell in love with them. So by default, Never Sea Land is my favorite. Were it not for that edge, I might argue that Once Upon a Wave is the slightly better album. Or I might not – I’m really indecisive on this one. In Never Sea Land I was briefly introduced to the character Captain Slaymore. In Once Upon a Wave he returns along with Scabby the seaman. This was when it becomes apparent there is actually a story at works. Scamalot, pirate paradise, is in a state of transition. Its walls are in peril and a new king must rise. Of course, it’s not as straightforward as that, but its close enough.
The song Pirate Jenny, which is not about the band, is a brilliant one. Chatterbox, being mostly instrumental, is an absolute blast. And Kneel Down My Son brings us back splendidly to a Scamalot that can hope for a bright future.
I’d also like to make a special mention of Damn-Fine Sailor. Mostly, it’s just a fun little song. But it also makes the perfect compliment to the song Never Sea Land from their previous album. Where Never Sea Land so touchingly captured all that is bad about life at sea, Damn-Fine Sailor captured that which is so much fun.