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Son of the Sun

"The Happy Loss"

(I Blame Yoko Music; US: 22 Jun 2010; UK: 22 Jun 2010)

Buffalo rockers lay it down for you

Buffalo, NY five-piece Son of the Sun specialize in mid-tempo guitar rock. Soulful vocals by Joseph Stocker and capable fretwork by Jeremy Franklin and Zak Ward elevate the band above the ordinary. The best songs on “The Happy Loss”, such as “Good Ole Days”, “The Other Side” and the pleasingly raucous “Keys (Last Call)”, create a sonic murk that conveys a mood of barely-contained claustrophobia, with echoes and reverb piling into dense droning clouds. Softer tunes like “Leopard Print”, “April Fools” and “Tell Me” sound more typical and less successful. This band hasn’t entirely worked out its identity yet, but with a few more strong songs, it could yet make the jump from memorable to vital.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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