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Under Summer Sun
     

Under Summer Sun

by Matt Wertz
 

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The fourth full-length album from singer/songwriter Matt Wertz, 2008's Under Summer Sun features more of the laid-back, heartfelt, adult alternative pop the Missouri native is known for. Oddly, just under half of the songs included here are carry-over tracks from Wertz' 2007 effort Everything in Between. In that sense, Under Summer Sun comes off

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The fourth full-length album from singer/songwriter Matt Wertz, 2008's Under Summer Sun features more of the laid-back, heartfelt, adult alternative pop the Missouri native is known for. Oddly, just under half of the songs included here are carry-over tracks from Wertz' 2007 effort Everything in Between. In that sense, Under Summer Sun comes off as more of a relaunch for Wertz rather than a fully realized album unto itself. That said, tracks like "Everything's Right," "5:19," and "Carolina" do evince a kind of rootsy, soul-inflected folk-rock not dissimilar to artists like John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and others. Similarly, such mid-album moments like the slow ballad "I Will Not Take My Love Away" and the rousing and bluesy "Keep Faith" find Wertz revisiting his Christian-rock base and should please longtime fans. And despite its misguided electronica intro, the power pop infused "With You, Tonight" is a fittingly uplifting rocker that pleasantly brings to mind the Goo Goo Dolls. However, it's the blissed-out, '70s-centric midtempo title track "Summer Sun" that really grounds the album and brings to mind a perfect mix of Hall & Oates blue-eyed soul and America soft rock. Also, as it comes near the end of the album, if you glossed over the first half it just might be good enough to get you to spend a little more time under the sun.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602517788299
catalogNumber:
001162902

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Performance Credits

Matt Wertz   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Robinson   Mandolin,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Tack Piano
Jackie Street   Bass Guitar
Sean Hurley   Bass
Joel Shearer   Electric Guitar
Dan Needham   Drums
Marshall Altman   Percussion,Background Vocals
Ed Cash   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Marc Broussard   Vocals
Calvin Turner   Bass Guitar
Ben Shive   Keyboards
Chad Gilmore   Drums
Dave Barnes   Background Vocals
Brandon Heath   Vocals
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Rob Blackledge   Vocals
Josh Robinson   Drums
Jessie Baylin   Background Vocals
Alex Beh   Hand Clapping
Kristopher Pooley   Keyboards
Matt Pierson   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Eric Robinson   Engineer
Marshall Altman   Producer
Ed Cash   Producer,Engineer
Joe Spix   Art Direction
Laurianne Cates   Composer
Trent Dabbs   Composer
Dave Barnes   Composer,Producer
Matt Wertz   Composer

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