Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio Site

  Here’s a nice surprise that made us smile. We like this band’s sound, which dips into many catchy musical nooks and crannies. How did they get their sound? Here’s how the band’s website puts it: “Painstaking efforts were made to achieve the desired feel for this album. All tube amps, a choice selection of just the right stringed instruments… drums that sound like drums, recording methods, and production were all key elements in presenting an album with the warmth of the analog days…” We’d say that about sums it up. We’re playing four songs: “He Wore Black,” a tribute to Johnny Cash; “Not a Sound,” “Hard Livin’,” and “Outta My Head,” a tune that could have been on the Association’s first album (no foolin’).

Powerpopaholic

East Haven, Conn. band with a lot of classic influences; from The Rolling Stones to Lou Reed. It all begins with the unassuming “Outta My Head” featuring a simple bass guitar lead. “Way Beyond” is a slow 12 string, country blues tune and later its followed up by the ballad “He Wore Black,” about a performer wishing Johnny Cash would visit him.

The “side two” portion has more of a rock orientation, but it isn’t as memorable until we get to the impressive “Didn’t See The Man” where the boogie tempo picks up and the vocals of Tom DelFavero and H.Miller suit the style perfectly. Add to this a rockin’ guitar solo at the end and you’ve got something special.

Amazon

 This rocks! Thought about a one-liner for a review but seeing as various stimulants are kicking in, decided on a song-by-song extravaganza. Here's hoping it'll fit!
#1 "Outta my Head" Interesting and involved riff- hard to grasp at first, probably harder still to play. My brain got on board quickly, though, and proceeded to enjoy the ride. Tight instrumentation throughout, which allows the vocals to shine through. Chorus with harmonica underneath is perfect!
#2 "Way Beyond" Brooding but in no way wimpy nor overblown, just a cool mid-tempo mood piece. Opening strum w/picking riff very nice; what is that instrument producing the light little notes? Glockenspiel, perhaps? Like the presumably faux accordian parts, too, along with guitar riffing before the bridge.
#3 "Not a Sound" Light, poppy and maybe a little Monkee-like (which ain't bad!). A good mood-changer which lets the guys expand their range a touch. Esp. like echo vocals in chorus parts, slide soloing relaxed and cheery, almost zither-like! And, the closing three chords are a nice touch.
#4 "Live with Myself" Awesome! If you like guitars this is the track for you! Riffing buzz-guitar underneath the "I feel the lightnin'" parts and the more jangly guitar right after just about perfect! Rhythym guitar under lead also cool, drums solid throughout. Ending jam/fadeout w/horns as good as it gets; you wish it'd go on forever! This is the song the Stones wish they had written for "Exile on Main Street".
#5 "He wore Black" Another slower tempo piece which makes good use of crescendos and shows that these guys aren't limited, stylewise.
Esp. like the repeated "you come back" parts- it's all very sad, hypnotic and expressive. Like mellotron (instrument?) here and there. Sets a mood just so.
#6 Judy, Judy" Probably my personal favorite. Guitar riffing perfect, doubled vocals are too. Drums keep the song kicking, love the Iggy grunts too. Harmonica part is a joy, esp. since it's distorted just enough. Doubled up leads get mixed up at first listen but after a couple plays they fit together oh so good. The really crazy high overdriven lead at the end makes me smile every time!
#7 "Hang Me" Another really (REALLY) good one! Absolutely solid playing throughout- harmonica bits pushed up in the mix "to a T", lead breaks are relaxed, clear (in a good way) and love the hand claps. Have to clap along every time!
#8 "Hard Living" This one didn't "get" me at first but it's grown on me since. A softer, more mellow track, which suits the subject matter. Doubled vocals are nice, could have used some slide or heavier guitar towards the end (one man's opinion), to give it some more dynamics. Definitely quibbling, at least a little. Nobody'd believe a 0 positive review, anyway! Like the 4-chord descending bridge/riff, too. Kept waiting for it to work into a repetitive riff to make a "part B" section of the tune. Not my favorite but not bad!
#9 "Didn't see the Man" Another of my personal faves. It don't get no better! Like percussive guitar throughout; esp. the slightly different bar-chording- can't say I've ever heard that "chunky" riffing anywhere before. Love the unpredictable rhythym guitar stuff in the 2nd verse and the descending lead guitar figure in the first lead is matched flawlessly by the ascending figure in the second. Not to mention that the song is a cheerful ode to an oncoming episode of narcotic withdrawal. A love song it ain't!
#10"Shine" Good close to a great collection. Nice low, lean riff to start, the horns come in and we're off again to the races. "When you shine" chorus parts really good and fun to sing along to (guilty!). Only criticism is that it should have been longer- I know, I know, always leave them wanting more, but another minute or so would have been nice.

So, in closing, all in all a good bunch of tunes, which I recommend highly for anyone who enjoys basic, straight-ahead, intelligent and well-played rock & roll. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I have.

CD Baby

Sons of Morning - I could listen to this CD all day long

Quite a diverse album with lots of subtle goodies. From 1960's groove music to good ole country sounds. An amazing variety of guitar sounds - from guitars on the edge to sit around the campfire smooth. Vocally strong and sound, with creative back up vocals that really complete such. This is a must have album for listeners and musicians alike!

CD Baby

Awesome

Awesome. I love this band . Sons Of Morning is so diverse In style! There is so much this album has to offer. I think it caters to many music lovers of different styles. I just bought the album and I cant wait for the next one . Rock on Sons Of Morning!