NEW CD from Frank Royster, who combines interesting combination of first two albums from Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, The Spongetones, The Smithereens and Frank Lee Sprague. Vocally, you`ll definitely hear Costello and Pat DiNizio. It`s another winner from the Kool Kat label, that simple. "Innocense Is Bliss" is produced by Spongetones leader Jamie Hoover so the quality stamp is all over this by name association and default but it`s Royster that brings the goods as this is best collection of songs without question. Listen here below.
"It`s really what every Power Pop record should be. Each track on Frank Royster`s "Innocence is Bliss" is infectious. Catchy. Fun. No skipping songs here. Think of a grown-up version of "That Thing You Do!" Elvis Costello meets the Beatles.
Piano bouncing, hand claps, hints of harmonica, even a slide guitar has given Royster the sound he wanted: an album full of Brian Wilson and Beatle harmonies with a dollop of Lenny Kravitz and a country twang thrown in. "Innocence is Bliss" is a terrific throwback to the quick, up-tempo pop songs your parents grew up with but here, there`s no feeling of being doo-wopped to death. The lyrics mean something. The music complicated. And in every track, you just can`t wait to get to the chorus and sing.
-Patrick Villegas/CDbaby. EXTREMELY Highly Recommended!
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