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Mr Day

Dry Up in the Sun

(Favorite Recordings; US: 16 Apr 2012; UK: 5 Jul 2012)

A convincing platter of rockin' soul.

Mr Day is the musical incarnation of singer/guitarist Eric Duperray, who offers up a high-octane blend of rock ‘n’ soul on Dry Up in the Sun, the band’s second release. Opening track “Food For Soul” buzzes from your speakers like a lost track by Cream, or possibly Traffic, circa 1972, with sitar sitting in for wah-wah guitar and a lively bassline propelling everything nicely. Duperray’s husky vocals waffle between full-throated soul warbling and low-key intensity, and are the main draw to such tunes as “Forgotten Realms” and the extra-bouncy “Head Down in the Water”, a song that Steve Winwood wishes he’d written. Album closer “Party Party” rounds out the proceedings on a suitably epic note, even if dud tunes “One Step” and “Caveman”  are less successful in their attempt to bring something new to the retro-soul table. Overall, though, the album scores big points for its infectious energy and memorable tunes.

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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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