Summer’s on the way, don’t you know, and you’ll need a soundtrack for it. Cruising down the highway, top down, 75 degrees, on the way to the beach. Who knows, maybe you’ll never come back to the city. Maybe you’ll work mornings at the surf school and spend the rest of the day on your board, amid the waves. Maybe then you’ll skip along the shore at sundown, a hunky lifeguard on your arm. And maybe you'll share the earbuds from your iPod, an iPod that’s playing the new D. A. Stern LP Aloha Hola.
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DA Stern once worked at Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's studio and obviously spent his time there working out how the whole thing works ready for when he released his debut LP of supremely melodic soft pop. It's nice and warm and wouldn't harm a flea. He looks a happy little chap from the picture on the back and he's very kindly included a crossword so you can work out the puzzle while listening to the record.
But other than containing a crossword what does 'Aloha Hola' have that other albums of this ilk don't? not much really. It's just a pleasant jaunt through 70's ish soft rock arrangements with an indie twist. Like many people who have studio expertise it runs through several styles without really excelling in any. There's a country-ish lilt to 'When I said You Were Right I Was Wrong', I hear Beach Boys and 50s doo-wop in 'In Pain' and power pop like Shoes or Marshall Crenshaw in stellar opener 'Am I Ever On Your Mind'.
A pleasant record where the only real drawback is that some of it floats over without registering.
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