From the Best Coast school of stoner pop comes Sonny and the Sunsets, a California band with a pop sound so casual that it feels almost tossed off. The beauty in Sonny and the Sunsets' music is its effortlessness. You can picture someone in the band calling his mates and saying, "Hey, do you guys wanna make a record today?"
If the Modern Lovers were from California, they might have sounded a little like Sonny and the Sunsets. The band's pop sensibilities and the singer's droll delivery (think: a stoned, Gen Y version of Jonathan Richman) belie the darkly humorous lyrical content.
The 10 songs on Tomorrow Is Alright are alternately stellar and somewhat necessarily. In other words, there's a great EP in here somewhere. But you get the feeling they don't care if you don't like half the songs.
Sonny and the gang save the best for last with a chugging nod to the Velvet Underground called "Lovin' on an Older Gal." See, these guys can't even be bothered to hang a "g" on their gerunds.
I'd rather listen to: The Modern Lovers' debut record, of course
"Nothing Not New" is a yearlong project in which New Times editorial operations manager Jay Bennett, a 41-year-old music fan and musician, will listen only to music released in 2010. Each Monday through Friday, he will listen to one new record (no best ofs, reissues, or concert recordings) and write about it. Why? Because in the words of his editor, Martin Cizmar, he suffers from "aesthetic atrophy," a wasting away of one's ability to embrace new and different music as one ages. Read more about this all-too-common ailment
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