Album Title: The Early Years
Release Date: May 31, 2005
Genre: Pop/Rock
This scribe was apparently one of many that gave Sparrow's self-titled debut a less-than-favourable review. It seems the entire world wondered what happened to the dynamic pop that everyone knew Jason Zumpano could create. Well have no fear, because it's back. As you may or may not know, Zumpano was in a band with the New Pornographers' Carl Newman (it was called Zumpano, y'see) and now instead of that fact being a disparaging point between the two artists, it now connects them as brethren.

As it rightfully should be, Sparrow proves with The Early Years that they're peers of the New Pornographers, the Shins, Outrageous Cherry, and the like. Any Zumpano fans that were confused by Sparrow's soft, introverted sound, and immediately wrote the band off (guilty as charged) need to pick up the Vancouver act's sophomore effort ASAP. Piano, strings, guitars, playful vocal harmonies - this is Jason Zumpano's solo masterpiece, and it shows that he and his new band are a force to be reckoned with. All hail the brilliant return of Sparrow. Phoenix more like.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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