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An album I'll be putting on when I'm in the mood for something mellow and classy.

Smacked wrists for me because this album's been out for some while, and despite having it from the moment of its release, I've overlooked the review, which is a travesty as once more Venice have produced a West Coast delight.

I still thank the day my friend Paul Jerome Smith recommended this band to me and the fact that I subsequently witnessed a very rare London gig by them. At that gig I was wondering if they were miming, so clear and accurate were the vocals, but from the front of the stage those doubts were quickly banished. From that moment I was hooked on their exquisite vocal harmonies, arrangements and wonderful songs.

From the opening A Cappella notes of 'Sunrise (Summer of '69)', you know this is another winner from the Californian four-piece (two sets of brothers who are also cousins) with their usual vocal prowess, great hook and instantaneously memorable chorus. This is music to put a smile on your face, as is the following 'Doesn't Get Any Better Than This' which is a touch rockier but nonetheless melodic; both its music and lyrics are uplifting.

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The title track is acoustic and has a poignant edge that recalls childhood; the bass work is delicious and the synth string arrangement is delightful. 'A Wealthy Man', like those tracks before it, has another catchy refrain and yet more incisive lyrics – wealth doesn't always have to be monetary.

'In A Heartbeat' is another heart-rending number, something these guys do so well, and 'If You Hear This Song' is a love song, but not with straightforward lyrical content; they have a knack of coming up with these different angles on the subject. 'A Dance By The River' is a joyous song recounting a story from when three members of the band were backing singers on Roger Waters' 'The Wall Live' tour. I defy anyone not to move when this song is playing.

The closing number is 'Suddenly You Walked In' which has more than a touch of Paul Simon about it, albeit with piano rather than acoustic guitar underpinning the vocals.
If I have one criticism, it would be that at eight tracks, the album is on the short side in this era. That aside, this is a truly wonderful collection and an album I'll be putting on when I'm in the mood for something mellow and classy.

Gary Marshall

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