14 Songs, 48 Minutes


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3.8 out of 5
6 Ratings
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Superb Album! Long live pop harmonies!

“Stars in The Sand” is a very good collection of various pop tunes showcasing the tremendous vocal, songwriting, and studio talent of Jeffrey Foskett. Thank you itunes for carrying it. I hope that you are able to carry many, many more of his albums in the future.

For those of you who don’t know, Jeffrey Foskett has been working with the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson singing the high parts (and everything else in between, if necessary). He can be heard floating falsetto on “Kokomo” or doubling Brian Wilson in “Pet Sounds Live”. His voice is so smooth, in fact, that many experts have mistaken his vocals for early Brian Wilson falsetto – a la Pet Sounds.

This album is superb. The studio production values are modern and so is the instrumentation but the harmonies are from days gone by. 1. “ Living Alone” is a contemporary anthem about the virtues of being single. The chord changes and tempo are interesting. 2. “Thru My Window” has Pet Sounds-like backup with the contemplating lyrics that belong on “Sunflower”. 3. “It’s My Fault” turns Beatlesque with harmonies and guitar that would fit well on “A Hard Days Night”. 4. “ Baby It’s You” defies classification but the harmonies in the second section definitely sound Byrdish. 5. “Cool and Gone” laments the demise of pop culture. It’s very interesting and has a catchy chorus. 6. In remaking “Hurting Each Other”, Foskett starts off with a vocal so pure it would make a schoolgirl cry. He seamlessly modes into a powerful voice before one can say, Wow! 7. “Fish!” is a Beach song with elements of the days of “All Summer Long” mixed with elements from “Surf’s Up”. 8. “ I Live For the Sun” is a vast improvement in studio production on the SonRays hit from the 60s. 9. “Everything I Need” breaks my heart. Foskett shows us what the song would sound like on a Beach Boys album ( without Carl, Mike , or Al). This is still a very good attempt, however. The vocals could be on Pet Sounds. Additionally, Brian Wilson? Sings the bridge part. It still makes one sad because you can imagine what the addition of the “other Beach Boys” would do to the song and what an orchestra would do to the background. 10. “The Word Go”, and 13. “The Best Thing About Me is You” are good pop tunes. 11. “The Mystery of Moonlight” is my favorite song on the whole album. I have played it 100 times, I think. It is well worth the price of the album just for this song alone! This Robert Lamm song (which he does well in his own right) is made more Chicago-ish in this edition. Jeffrey Foskett sounds as if he could front Chicago circa 1977. In essence, he nails it. 12. (You’re My) Favorite waste of Time is a good pop song with lots of harmonies. Finally, 15. “Laughter in the Rain” is a wonderful and soothing mixture of Beach Boys Harmonies meet Neil Sadaka.


Studio wizardry on display

Having just watched Neil Diamond on the Tonight Show, with backing vocals by Brian Wilson and Jeffrey Foskett, I stumbled on to this amazing release. This guy is wonderful! If you like Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, you will definitely enjoy Stars in the Sand. Great pop songs and incredible vocal harmonies, solid production and guests Brian Wilson and Marshall Crenshaw all add up to a smooth and a satisfying hours worth of music to take you away to the best summer of your life!
We all live for the sun...GO! and get this for your collection.

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