Alternating power-pop and '70s-AM-radio-rock numbers with the dreamy folk-rock flavor of previous recordings, this is a homesick Californian's ode to the land that he loves.
Really, there's only one voice behind the Voyces' fourth studio release. Backing vocalist Jude Kastle may have helped pick the running order for this well thought-out long player along with co-producer Bruce Driscoll, but Let Me Die in Southern California is Brian Wurschum's '70s-country-colored-folk-pop-meets-power-pop baby -- a homesick Californian's ode to the land that he loves. With regular bassist Frank Carreno apparently gone and drummer Eric Puente taking a sabbatical from recording, Wurschum has not only written all the songs, he plays all the instruments and sings lead as well.
While the dreamy folk-rock flavor of the New York-based group's previous recordings is retained on songs like "King of Castle", where Kastle's (no pun intended, apparently) beautiful, lilting vocals take the lead and "You Can Never Know", a song suggestive of Cat Stevens before he got religion, it's the catchy, '70s-AM-radio-rock title track and a couple of burgeoning Big Star-style power-pop numbers, "The Speed of Fear" and "You Can Never Know", that stand out for all the right reasons.