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Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Anthony Lai Band - Behind The Sun, Part I

The Anthony Lai Band - Behind The Sun, Part I

Dearborn, Michigan quintet The Anthony Lai Band is full of collective musical talent. Each member has extensive experience with various scholastic and professional ensembles. Their influences read like a pantheon of rock hall of famers. All of that is good resume material, bur the band find a special chemistry with one another on their latest EP, Behind The Sun, Part I.

Lai kicks things off with the blue collar rock n roll love song "I'd Rather Be With You Tonight." This little number is a gem, with Lai's chorus creating its own momentum. The low-fi production style is enjoyable, and remeniscent of Neil Osborne and 54-40. "Behind The Sun" explores the concept of a romantic near-miss. Anthony Lai shares the microphone here with Cara Niemann, whose delightfully quirky folk/rock vocal style manages to steal the show.

Lai launches next into the effervescent pop/rock of "Tell Me What It Is", which sports a chorus you simply won't be able to get out of your head. "Something Beautiful (Angel)" is a low key, acoustic guitar ballad that's sweet with a surprisingly substantive melody. This is true mix tape material for the hopeless romantics out there, but avoids the usual love song cliches. Lai closes out with the bouncy piano pop of "You Make It Right." The stax style horns a nice touch, framing the chorus on perfect fashion.

Anthony Lai has a distinctive melodic understanding of song craft, and a penchant for pop hooks that is the musical DNA of Lennon and McCarthy. Lai never overpowers vocally, but sings in a solid, everyman voice that is appealing to the ear. Listeners will be waiting expectantly for Behind The Sun, Part II.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

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