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The Californian

Sunday's Best

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Album Review

If there is ever some sort of indie rock awards, someone please make sure Sunday's Best vocalist Ed Reyes gets a nomination for best vocals. No doubt it's easy to overlook, but to a large degree Reyes' tone and melody help carry the L.A. quartet on their sophomore LP for Polyvinyl Records. The music on The Californian is even more stripped down and simplistic than their debut full-length, Poised to Break. Thankfully Reyes has such a heavenly voice, for just about any other vocalist would surely find a way to ruin these pop songs. Sunday's Best has definitely matured, slowing things down and seeming content with good songwriting and hooks galore instead of the dual guitar wankerings and yelling vocals seen on their past works. The story behind the album involves lineup changes, divorce, drug abuse and recovery, and everything that comes along with it. That being said, it's easy to understand that there are a few dark undertones on some of the tunes ("Don't Let It Fade," "The Salt Mines of Santa Monica," etc.). It's all pretty subtle, but The Californian is one of those pleasant indie pop albums that will fly under the radar with many, but surely deserves a listen by all. And although this theory hasn't been tested, The Californian is most likely a great summer driving record, as is typical of the best indie pop albums. While the front of the album seems to be a bit stronger than the latter half, both parts chime in with the acknowledgement of strong music written well and executed with the capability that only comes with great maturity.

Customer Reviews

great indie rock

really a great album, I actually listened to this album all the way through the first time I listened to it which is pretty rare for me. I can truthfully say that I love every song on this album. A really great album.

It was a f'ing crime that this band never blew up...

It featured Ed and Ian from The Little Ones, Pedro from The Jealous Sound and James from The Bronx. So many great songs on all those records, this one is a little more mellow than "Poised to Break" but still stands up over time. Great melodic indie pop...

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Sunday's Best was formed by guitarist Pedro Bonito, drummer Ian Moreno, and vocalist/bassist Edward Reyes. The trio recorded a 7" single and compilation track with recording engineer Tom Ackerman, formerly the guitarist and vocalist of Skiploader; Ackerman wound up accepting an offer to become the group's drummer, and Moreno switched to rhythm guitar. The newly constituted quartet recorded a debut EP, Where Are You Now, in 1999. Their first full-length studio release...
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