Sunday, September 17, 2006

I’m really surprised no one is talking about Goldenboy. Front man Shon Sullivan was dubbed “golden boy” by Elliott Smith on a European tour and it stuck.

The majority of the ''Underneath the radio'' actually sounds more like tracks that would have fit into the Lost in Translation soundtrack as opposed to the Smith comparisons that always seem to get made. The duo creates lush melodies that seem so effortless, much like the best music Neil Finn and the Smiths made us all dance to in years past. From the Neil Finn-esque intro on the Moz influenced vocals on ''Motorbike'' to the sugar sweet melody of ''Perfect One'', this record brings a light almost optimistic outlook to the world of melancholy music.

As the gentle piano ballad ''Underneath the Radio'' closes the album, you listen to Shon reminisce as the tour van hurdles forward. You can’t help but look back to your own past, knowing you are still pushing forward. I’m not sure I can think of a better description of Goldenboy’s musical style.

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