The melodic jangle pop from this Portland, OR, trio might have a "been there, done that" feel, but for the most part it works to the group's advantage. Rather than putting you to sleep, it puts you at ease. From the first moments of "Loud and Clear," the disc puts you in your comfort zone and recalls the carefree air of '90s-style power pop -- the Matthew Sweet/Fastball/Wallflowers school of roots rock that is never fully outgrown. Songwriter and lead vocalist Michael Watson delivers with a smooth, passionate tenor and a round of Scripture-based lyrics lifted mainly from Psalms. At times, the familiarity of their sound works against them, but with some stylish work from Tim Aylward on keyboards and Brook Mosser on drums, the guys vary the tempo and the topics enough to keep things interesting throughout. Highlights include the story of guilt and redemption in "The Haunting," the giddiness of "I'll Love You So," and the slow build of "Streets."
Performance CreditsAbove the Golden State Primary Artist
Steve Wilson Clarinet,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Musician
Trent Dabbs Background Vocals,Musician
Jeremy Lutito Drums,Musician
Chad Howat Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Musician
Justin Saunders Strings,Musician
Zach Casebolt Strings,Musician
Technical CreditsSteve Wilson Producer,Engineer
Christopher Stevens Composer
Chad Howat Arranger,Producer
Michael Watson Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This band is amazing! It's like Leeland with a little bit of Beatles, early Weezer feel-really cool stuff. The songs on this album are really inspirational. I can't wait to see what these guys will create in the future!