Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

by Papa Doo Run Run
     
 
For all the gigs they've played over 30-plus years, Papa Doo Run Run visits recording studios only occasionally. Santa Cruz is the group's fourth album -- which brings their average to a little more than one disc per decade -- and their first all-original effort. Yet the guys still ride the retro wave, with no hint here that they will someday fill their living

Overview

For all the gigs they've played over 30-plus years, Papa Doo Run Run visits recording studios only occasionally. Santa Cruz is the group's fourth album -- which brings their average to a little more than one disc per decade -- and their first all-original effort. Yet the guys still ride the retro wave, with no hint here that they will someday fill their living rooms with sand and start writing inaccessible, weird material -- although some tracks, such as "Blue Kiss," draw more from Pet Sounds than Surfin' U.S.A., and the Theremin part on "One Last Ride" nods a little gratuitously toward "Good Vibrations." Working in various combinations with each other and outside writers, the band has produced a completely authentic set of surf rock tunes. Keening falsetto lead vocals, Dennis Wilson rhythm fills, glockenspiel lines glistening within the mix, a delicious opening Fender Tele lick on "Summertime Summer Nights" -- all the elements are here, woven together with catchy melodies and appealing, if unadventurous and non-contrapuntal, harmony. Yet a feeling persists that the stage is their preferred home. Where the Beach Boys eventually set the standard for cloistered studio wizardry, Papa Doo Run Run maintains a rough-edged, performance-oriented sound, with Bo Fox's drumming a wonder of idiomatic enthusiasm. The songs are about dancing in the sand, riding roller coasters, grousing about having to work for "jerks," and so on. It all goes down as easy as a Big Gulp on the Boardwalk.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2009
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0656613332627
catalogNumber:
5637425072
Rank:
208045

Tracks

  1. I'll Meet You on the Sand  -  Papa Doo Run Run
  2. Seacliff Tonight  -  Papa Doo Run Run
  3. Something on the Order of Love  -  Papa Doo Run Run
  4. Santa Cruz  -  Papa Doo Run Run
  5. The Giant Dipper  -  Papa Doo Run Run
  6. Little Do They Know  -  Papa Doo Run Run
  7. Summertime Summer Nights  -  Papa Doo Run Run
  8. Insatiable  -  Papa Doo Run Run
  9. Blue Kiss  -  Papa Doo Run Run
  10. California Sleepwalking  -  Papa Doo Run Run
  11. One Last Ride  -  Papa Doo Run Run

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