Album review

Tony Romanello - Counting Stars

Remember back in 1995 when Eric Matthews' mix of contemporary rock sonorities and Brian Wilson production values (It's Heavy in Here) was supposed to be the cat's pyjamas?

Well, singer-songwriter Tony Romanello from Oklahoma has finally delivered on that promise. Post-Sergeant Pepper glockenspiel and horn section lead into Jeff Buckleyesque wailing. String quartets give way to distortion-laden guitars.

The presence of Flaming Lips skin-pounder and multi-tasking whiz Steve Drozd is a further clue that Counting Stars is psych-pop successfully made modern.

Rating: 3 / 10


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