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P.J. Olsson is known for his distinctive voice and also rather bizarre arrangements that evoke images of an early Beck as he does on the hip-hop backbeat fuelling the leadoff song "Visine," which was also on his previous album. Building the song with different instruments in the vein of Joseph Arthur, Olsson manages to nail this song perfectly with his rootsy, earthy, neo-folksy sound. Meanwhile, "Soul Soul Superstar" is a light but infectious ditty that name-drops Grandmaster Flash. Here the singer sounds as if he's creating his own urban-meets-acoustic genre that falls somewhere between Matthew Sweet and Bloodhound Gang. Another tune that is excellently executed is the ...
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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
P.J. Olsson is known for his distinctive voice and also rather bizarre arrangements that evoke images of an early Beck as he does on the hip-hop backbeat fuelling the leadoff song "Visine," which was also on his previous album. Building the song with different instruments in the vein of Joseph Arthur, Olsson manages to nail this song perfectly with his rootsy, earthy, neo-folksy sound. Meanwhile, "Soul Soul Superstar" is a light but infectious ditty that name-drops Grandmaster Flash. Here the singer sounds as if he's creating his own urban-meets-acoustic genre that falls somewhere between Matthew Sweet and Bloodhound Gang. Another tune that is excellently executed is the mid-tempo, strolling "The Whistle Song." When he's not going off in some eclectic musical direction, Olsson can capture great singer/songwriter nuggets like "Medicated" with its rather caustic chorus. The funky groove oozing from "Three Light Years and a Day" is a fantastic, radio-friendly tune. It also packs some bite that would fall somewhere between Jason Mraz and an acoustic-slanted Collective Soul. The biggest asset to this album is how Olsson is not afraid but willingly embraces different beats and backdrops, as he does on the dance-rock track "Wheels" and the stellar "Ocean of Blue." Here Olsson takes the best of both singer/songwriter and backbeat worlds to make a lengthy but memorable track that brings Bowie's later days to mind. The concluding moments are splotches of voices and sounds creating a trippy, psychedelic Floydian feel. Meanwhile, he ups the ante with "Flower," the closest anyone has come to Cameo's "Word Up" in a long time. Only on "Tomorrow" does the performer rely on a world-weary blueprint, resulting in a soft, balladic attempt that misses the mark.
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  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Brash Music
  • UPC: 881410001920
  • Catalog Number: 19

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Visine (4:02)
  2. 2 Soul Soul Superstar (3:44)
  3. 3 The Whistle Song (3:21)
  4. 4 Medicated (4:06)
  5. 5 Three Light Years & A Day (3:34)
  6. 6 Thinking Man (3:42)
  7. 7 Wheels (3:25)
  8. 8 Ocean of Blue (6:45)
  9. 9 Flower (3:22)
  10. 10 Perfect (3:03)
  11. 11 Tomorrow (5:10)
  12. 12 Good Dream (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
P.J. Olsson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Various, Keyline
Parthenon Huxley Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Rick Boston Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Joel Derouin Violin
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
John Wolf Drums
Paul Garrison Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dan Potruch Drums
Rudy Stein Cello
Emerson Swinford Guitar
John Fremgen Bass, Bass Guitar
Guy Erez Bass
Michelle Richards Violin
Technical Credits
Keith Forsey Producer
Rick Boston Composer, Programming, Producer
Ron Kramer Management
Wils Sharpe Executive Producer, Management
Peter Young Collage
John King Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Suzie Katayama String Conductor
Jamie Candiloro Engineer
P.J. Olsson Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Brandy Flower Art Direction
Emerson Swinford Composer, Programming, Producer
Ok Hee Kim Drum Engineering
Stan Frazier Composer
Guy Erez Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Tom Baker Mastering
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