Pollyanna

Pollyanna

by Wes Cunningham
     
 
With a style that calls to mind Ed Harcourt and Neil Finn, Wes Cunningham has a sweet and soft melodic pop formula that works wonders on "Only You Know." Although the track opens up with a healthy dose of keyboards, the electric guitars and tight pop arrangements start with the chorus. The track also has a lot of

Overview

With a style that calls to mind Ed Harcourt and Neil Finn, Wes Cunningham has a sweet and soft melodic pop formula that works wonders on "Only You Know." Although the track opens up with a healthy dose of keyboards, the electric guitars and tight pop arrangements start with the chorus. The track also has a lot of similarities to Ben Kweller, ending with a large Beatles circa-Sgt. Pepper's feeling. "Good Good Feeling" builds on this momentum. Harmonies are strong here also, but at times the guitars sound a bit too polished. "I Love Elanor" harks back to Crowded House with a gorgeous lullaby ballad about showing love for a girlfriend. "The world needs to know how much I love her," Cunningham sings over an acoustic guitar. Influences such as XTC and the Gin Blossoms are littering this pop album, especially on the infectious and cavity-inducing "Shoot Straight." "Your Last Kiss" is perhaps the album's shining moment, alternating between a piano ballad and a harder and edgier, guitar-oriented track. One of the positives regarding Cunningham is his economical approach to writing, resembling at times Ron Sexsmith in saying a lot with few words. "I Fall for Her (Over and Over)" isn't as strong as it should be and comes across as a bit too soppy. Thankfully, "No Justice" returns to form with a rhythm section that blends keyboards with electric guitar that sounds like a softer Collective Soul. A spacy pop feeling on "Now or Never" doesn't work as well as it should, perhaps because the track sounds a bit aimless. "Who Was I" has an ambient tone to it, but everything fits better here for some reason. It's a song Ben Folds would have a difficult time passing up. The final "Glory" is a perfect complement to XTC's Apple Venus, Pt. 1. Fans of smart, highbrow pop will find no fault with this album.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/03/2002
Label:
PENTAVARIT RECORDS
UPC:
0614511711920
catalogNumber:
1

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wes Cunningham   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
James Gregory   Bass
Gary Burnette   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
John Catchings   Strings
David Davidson   Strings
Jerry McPherson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rob Mitchell   Drums
Jeremy Bose   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Paul Evans   Producer
John Catchings   String Arrangements
David Davidson   String Arrangements
Joe Costa   Engineer
Jeremy Bose   Programming,Producer
Wes Cunningham   Producer,Drawing
Sally Carns   Art Direction
Skye McCaskey   Engineer

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