Released January 2007

The Valentines - a sea shanty - a tale of two travellers: Al Hughes - Bass Guitar, Pete Wingate - Whistle, Nick Gibbs - Drums, Andy Casserly - Accordian, Gemma Robinson - Backing Vocals

They Dance - Johnny Miller - Bass

Let There Be A Place - Johnny Miller on Bass, a gospel choir provided by Charmaine Kay, T.J. and Charmaine Burton, with an unforgettable "Hosanna" sung by Brenda Shah

That Dangerous Sparkle - Johnny Miller - Bass

She Comes - Chris Beebe Aldridge - Soprano Saxophone, Dorothée Hausser - Voix Françoise, Johnny Miller - Bass

When You're Lying

Risky Business - when you hear that Scardanelli spent over two weeks searching for the "perfect reverb" for the Sax solo on this song, you'll understand why it took 18 months to complete the album! So who played on this epic track? Mikov hit the drums very very hard indeed, and Johnny Miller thumped a most musical Bass guitar. Beebe then added his inimitable screaming Soprano Saxophone

It's Only Life - Inspired by real-life scullduggery and venomous enemies trying to have a pop at Scardanelli, revenge is indeed a dish best served ice cold...with Mikov on drums and Johnny Miller on Bass

Take Your Hand Away

All other instruments played by Simon Scardanelli
- acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and synthesisers, treble recorder, harmonium, drum programming and acousmatic sonic treatments

Thanks to Sam Chittenden for the photo of Scardanelli, and design and layout of the album. Cover photo by kind permission of
Sharpe's Pottery Museum, Swadlincote, Derbyshire


An album of incredible beauty and with an extremely dark heart. The first track - The Valentines kicks us off and with couplets like:

"They met in October/By Valentine's Day they were wed
Perfectly suited in madness/To New York they fled"

You know you're in for a great time. Scardanelli has a wonderful voice, soaring above the impossibly catchy tune. You can't help but think of this as a theme to a lost F Scott Fitzgerald story.
But this is only the first on an embarrassment of riches on this album. A later song contains the line:

"And I'm sat in front of a coca cola billboard that says Love, Love, Love, Love is a sticky brown fluid that leaks from the pores of my blistered skin."

That such a line exists proves that we are in the presence of a wordsmith, that it fits into any kind of tune is pure talent, the fact that it is a piece of music that will worm it's way into your head and stay there for days, is nothing short of genius. Something that infuses the whole album. Every song on here, in a myriad of styles, full of memorable hooks, but all with hearts of darkness is a little triumph in itself. If the album can be faulted? There's not enough of it.

Scardanelli may not have a high profile, this  album may not have bothered the masses but you owe yourself to seek it out. - Review by Caractacus, Feb 22 2009, on

No-one will ever be able to accuse Simon Scardanelli of holding anything back on THAT DANGEROUS SPARKLE. Whether it's a huge anthem like The Valentines, or the cracked emotions of the title track, it's all laid out for everyone to see.
That kind of rare honesty makes THAT DANGEROUS SPARKLE a spine-tingling listen at times.
When you know that there is nothing between you and the musician, the effect is heightened ten fold, so it is with Simon Scardanelli. The only drawback is that there is little respite on this emotional roller-coaster. Blessed with a voice as emotionally bottomless as the songs he sings, Scardanelli eventually overpowers. Even ballads (a completely inadequate description) like She Comes and When You're Lying are so pinpoint accurate they become just as draining as the grandest rock anthem.
On THAT DANGEROUS SPARKLE, Simon Scardanelli tangles the listener up in a web of pure, undiluted emotion but this not the fake theatrical kind, what's said is truly meant. Once you begin the journey, there's no getting away from THAT DANGEROUS SPARKLE. It is a deep, dark and at times dangerous ride but it's also a satisfying one. MM - Maverick Magazine, August 2008.

CD Review: This disc is off the well-worn path of what I listen to most, which makes it both challenging and refreshing. Simon Scardanelli reminds me of a couple of lush-sounding artists from the past (Roxy Music and Roger Waters’ solo work, for example) and also brings to mind some of the atmospheric, dramatic pop offered today (such as Coldplay and Keane). The album opens with the prettily-strummed, synth-washed “The Valentines.” This tale of star-crossed lovers builds in intensity, Scardanelli’s low rumble of a voice becoming more plaintive as layers of instruments and backing vocals are added. On “They Dance,” Scardanelli’s vocal might be a bit overwrought, but the percussion-and-arpeggioed-synth loop is hypnotic. Then comes perhaps the best track, the gospel-ish “Let There Be a Place,” a well-conceived blend of electronica and power ballad. A choir of backing vocals is the perfect heartfelt foil for Scardanelli’s weathered, world-weary delivery. The title track is a letdown after “Place,” and “She Comes” also starts out ponderously. But a couple of minutes in, tension starts to build, and "She Comes" bursts into frenzied sax and thumping bass guitar and snare. I would like to hear that groove developed with lyrics. “Risky Business” starts with sweet yet mournful sax, and it drags some before settling into a heavy backbeat and sweeping synth/strings. “It’s Only Life” is the fully-realized serious groove that “She Comes” and “Risky” hint at, a Bowie-meets-U2 burner. Scardanelli’s guttural spoken vocal is by turns humorous and sinister. “When You’re Lying” is a simple, pretty acoustic ballad – a nice change from the density of the other tracks. And the closing “Take Your Hand Away” is similarly charming, morphing back and forth between a Cole Porter-style jazzy plea and a Harry Nillson-style tear-jerker. That Dangerous Sparkle stumbles just a few times, but overall it is an ambitious grand statement from Simon Scardanelli. As a writer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Scardanelli is a craftsman who deserves an in-depth listen.
By Chip Withrow - 11/25/2007

Conceived on an epic scale this CD proves a real surprise. Once a hit maker as half of pop-rockers Big Bam Boo, Scardanelli has been emersed in serious music study over the past decade, following a period of living in New York composing installation works for art events and scores for experimental films.

He has definitely brought some of that experimental flair with him into this new CD, although here it’s used to add texture to what can mostly be described as conventional song structures. The albums opener, The Valentines, starts with the sound of waves before the acoustic guitar and piano kick the song into life. Simon’s vocals have something of the David McComb about them and The Triffids are a good reference point.There’s also a touch of Scott Walker as the first half of the album gives up a series of epic ballads.

In the middle of She Comes the tune suddenly gives way to clattering percussion and soprano sax drenched in reverb and the ground has shifted. Surpise twists follow, with Risky Business and the following It’s Only Life taking serious left turns. This is ambitious stuff that demands serious attention.
Sid Cowens - Properganda Magazine June July 2007

To be honest, when I first pressed play on Brummie singer/songwriter Simon Scardanelli’s third album That Dangerous Sparkle I was expecting to hear dreary and inoffensive James Blunt type music. I was even more put off by the fact that he was previously in an (now defunct) ’80s rock duo called Big Bam Boo which some of you older music fans might have heard of, or not. However I was surprised with the versatility of the album. What isn’t a surprise however is the fact that Scardanelli is currently taking a PhD in electro-acoustic composition. The album sees him flirting with folk flutes, subtle keyboard textures and bleepy electro bits. The album can be divided into two parts musically. The first half packed with powerful melodic ballads, with Scardanelli crooning away over flutes and acoustic guitar. The album takes a dark experimental twist halfway through the tense ‘She Comes’ where Scardanelli’s wail pierces through the tranquil acoustic guitar and summons a frantic saxophone solo from the pits of hell. The second half also sees Scardanelli breaking away from his croon and singing in his own natural accent. The album highlight is the vocoder heavy ‘Risky Business’ which sees the return of the unsettling saxophone, which this time battles with a haunting organ. At 9:11 minutes long the track never feels bloated or pretentious. You never know what is lurking around That Dangerous Sparkle’s dark corner, but whatever it is will always shock and surprise. Scardanelli is always prepared to take a risk, and we should all hope that it is this experimentation that is the future of British singer/songwriters. Genre: acoustic/alternative Label: Resonator Records Released: 11/6/2007
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