Blame It On Youth [Warner Bros.]
The Sun is a new, young band with enormous promise who hasn’t quite found their sound—still, that doesn’t stop them from making a variety of great and diverse sounds in their debut CD, Blame It On Youth [Warner Bros.]. Full of Weezer, Elvis Costello and Pixies influences, especially in songs like, “2B4,” these guys have clearly been schooled by master of the 80s, 90s, and now. With The Sun, you just need to beware that they’re prone to sudden explosions of sound and this is not the CD to turn up just because the music is quiet for the moment.
The opening track, “Must Be You,” is a simple pop ditty that gets taken over with impassioned punk vocals that keep the sweetness from going saccharine. Track number three, “Justice,” is full of 80’s synth with catchy girl (or at least girl-ish) background vocals and is damned near impossible to get out of your head. And “Lost at Home” is their best and strongest track, with harmonies and vocals that put most bands to shame.
Yep, The Sun has got it all: talent, coolness, strong songs and even a great live show (we caught them opening for OK Go last winter). They just haven’t quite found the right space to orbit yet. And that’s just fine. Who wants to be stuck in one universe, anyway?
Release date: September 13, 2005.