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Frank Royster - Innocence Is Bliss

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Number of Discs
1
Release Date
03/16/2010
Artist
Frank Royster
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
CD Baby

It's really what every Power Pop record should be. Each track on Frank Royster's "Innocence is Bliss" is infectious. Catchy. Fun. No skipping songs here. Think of a grown-up version of "That Thing You Do!" Elvis Costello meets the Beatles. Piano bouncing, hand claps, hints of harmonica, even a slide guitar has given Royster the sound he wanted: an album full of Brian Wilson and Beatle harmonies with a dollop of Lenny Kravitz and a country twang thrown in. The lyrics are biting. In the first track "Mr. Wonderful," Royster builds a smirky, smart chorus line contemplating the short memory of a lover. One night "in the moon light," he's all right. The next night-- not so much. In "Brena You!," Royster invokes the modern day McCartney. Piano banging, drum bopping, guitar grinding fun sewn together with a string of backup vocals "aahhing" and "oohing" on cue. I think I even heard Royster curdle a "Can't Buy Me Love" oooohhh. Well done. There's a ghost of Buck Owens in "Can't You Make Me Smile?," a tinge of Matthew Sweet longing for love in "Thank You (Back to Me)," even a trippy cosmic diddy in "I'm Gonna Take It." No surprise here, Royster's producer is Jamie Hoover, member of the Spongetones. Yep, the same power pop veteran with a recording resume that includes Don Dixon, Bill Lloyd, Hootie and the Blowfish, and even toured as a bassist with the Smithereens. Hoover sonically gleems Royster's sophomore effort into a superb sounding success. "Innocence is Bliss" is a terrific throwback to the quick, up-tempo pop songs your parents grew up with-but here, there's no feeling of being doo-wopped to death. The lyrics mean something. The music complicated. And in every track, you just can't wait to get to the chorus and sing. -Patrick Villegas.

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1) Mr. Wonderful
2) She's Not Alone
3) Life's a Bore
4) Can't You Make Me Smile?
5) Brena You!
6) Thank You (Back to Me)
7) Oh! Mary
8) I Need You
9) My Girl
10) I'm Gonna Take It
11) Every Little Thing
12) Beautiful City
13) Longing for Twinkle

Album
Innocence Is Bliss
Main Format
CD
Keyword Index
Innocence Is Bliss | Frank Royster