Back in the 1970s, rock was a simpler affair: Sweet love songs for all ages. The Silver Seas, “High
Society” is an album of that same kind of irony-free piano-driven soft rock, a sound which I for one think we could all use a little more of these days. It’s a nice counterpoint to morose, self-indulgent indie rock and bling-bling crunk.
The first track, “The Country Life” begins with a quick building drum rush and continues with a lilt and chorus that is unmistakably similar to one of the more
underrated Van Morrison songs, “Jackie Wilson Says (I’m In Heaven When You Smile).” And that’s a great way to start a record. Daniel Tashian (lead singer/songwrier) has said that he wished “someone would hear one of my songs and pick it up for a sitcom theme.” It’s easy to imagine a song like “Broadway Lights” as the opener for a TV show about a single mom looking for love but finding only Schneider the Handyman, but they just don’t make shows like that
anymore. And I’m grateful. The last thing we need is for people to be sick of these songs before they give the album a proper listen. The record is a sweet and quick romp through 1970s AM Radio styles. It gets the Berkeley Place recommendation saved for albums truly worth your time and your money:
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For fans of: Elton John, Electric Light Orchestra, and the like.
The Broadway Lights
The Country Life