Saturday, March 6, 2010

Review: Sunrise Highway "Sunrise Highway"

I am going to take a wild guess that the studio Sunrise Highway used to record their self-titled CD is full of windows that let in generous amounts of sunlight. I make this assumption because "Sunrise Highway" just sparkles with sunshine. It radiates a warm, feel-good vibe that makes you feel like you are chillin' under the sun with an ice cold lemonade by your side and no cares in the world.

The Sun gods have been appeased, and Greg Schlotthauer and company have recorded a gem of pop genius. Sunrise Highway sounds remarkably like the Beach Boys for a new generation - breezy riffs, shimmering guitar tones, bouncy piano, and loads of amazing harmonies. It makes for a great mellow listen the whole way through, but standouts for me included "Endless Summer", "Baby Be Good", and "Lonely Guy". If you dig classic pop from the era of the Beach Boys, or if you just want a good spring and summer record to lift your spirits, you cannot miss Sunrise Highway.

iPOD-worthy: 2, 3, 5, 7

Sunrise Highway on MySpace. Official site.

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