Back in the 1970s, rock was a simpler affair: Sweet love songs for all ages. The Silver Seas, â€œHigh
Societyâ€ is an album of that same kind of irony-free piano-driven soft rock, a sound which I for one think we could all use a little more of these days. Itâ€™s a nice counterpoint to morose, self-indulgent indie rock and bling-bling crunk.
The first track, â€œThe Country Lifeâ€ begins with a quick building drum rush and continues with a lilt and chorus that is unmistakably similar to one of the more
underrated Van Morrison songs, â€œJackie Wilson Says (Iâ€™m In Heaven When You Smile).â€ And thatâ€™s a great way to start a record. Daniel Tashian (lead singer/songwrier) has said that he wished â€œsomeone would hear one of my songs and pick it up for a sitcom theme.â€ Itâ€™s easy to imagine a song like â€œBroadway Lightsâ€ as the opener for a TV show about a single mom looking for love but finding only Schneider the Handyman, but they just donâ€™t make shows like that
anymore. And Iâ€™m grateful. The last thing we need is for people to be sick of these songs before they give the album a proper listen. The record is a sweet and quick romp through 1970s AM Radio styles. It gets the Berkeley Place recommendation saved for albums truly worth your time and your money:
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For fans of: Elton John, Electric Light Orchestra, and the like.