SONNY & THE SUNSETS play Sneaky Dee’s on Sunday (July 24). See listing Rating: NNNN
Like many of his San Francisco peers, the absurdly prolific Sonny Smith writes songs quicker than he can record them. It's easy to mistrust his music as tossed off - especially considering his laconic, stoned-sounding vocals - but when the melodies are as endearing and addictive as these, it's hard to care about that.
Hit After Hit lives up to its title, offering 11 stick-in-your-head tracks that could probably have torn up the AM charts 40 years ago. Unmistakable oldies throwbacks, they're filled with naive "ohs" and "ahs" and nearly all clock in at less than three minutes.
The songs sound awfully simplistic, but nuances lurk beneath, from the tribal drum intro to Home And Exile to the sloppy Kinksish solo in I Wanna Do It. It's the kind of warm summer record you put on without much thought, and that's a large part of its charm.
Top track: She Plays Yoyo With My Mind.