CD REVIEW: StereoSoul – “StereoSoul”
By Stacey Board - 12/21/2003 - 04:26 PM EST
Artist: StereoSoul Album: “StereoSoul” CD Review:
There’s a definite retro feel to the songwriting here, a nod back the infancy of rock. Perhaps their soul in their stereo is a reincarnated Buddy Holly. StereoSoul reminds me of Buddy Holly because of the simplistic pop choruses that are catchy and memorable, like Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309”. They use similar nice jangly guitars and vibe throughout in the arrangements and vocals.
They do however have a distinct sense of humor. I would compare StereoSoul to an edgier Travelling Wilbury’s, with more grunge in the electronica. There are also topics that you wouldn’t find Buddy Holly writing about, like internet life, and being in love with a porn star. The playing and production sound throughout the CD is quite good.
The songwriting team is Gene Pompilio and Joon Quinn. They have a definite way with a bouncy little tune and catchy chorus. By far my favorite is “Rockabye” which comes across as the most distanced from the retro formula. I also really like the last track “Wish You Were Her”, one of the barer tracks. Just their solid melodies, voices and what sounds like an acoustic guitar and a kick drum. I also like the little twist on ‘wish you were here’.
If you are a fan of any of the above mentioned Buddy Holly, Travelling Willbury’s and Tommy Tutone sound, you will definitely enjoy StereoSoul.
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