With a solid grounding in rock’s great Bs—Beatles, Beach Boys, Byrds, and Big Star, Chicago’s Sugarbuzz purvey the sort of effortless pop that lodges their songs in your head long after the listen is over. I’ve been singing lead-off track “Overthrown” to myself for weeks. Of course front man Brian Leach has done this before, with his stellar 1994 solo album The Sunrise Nearly Killed Me. With richly textured arrangements and brilliant melodies, Submerged is perfect pop that ranges from orchestral to power pop—an album that is truly startling in its versatility and freshness.
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