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CD Reviews: Review of Paint the Town by The Push Stars
 
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There’s just something about singer/songwriter Chris Trapper and his band the Push Stars that is instantly recognizable and comforting. With the band’s fourth studio release, Paint the Town, Trapper and company continue to churn out infectious, melodic ear candy that is as distinctly American as baseball on a warm summer night. To say that the Push Stars are maturing wouldn’t be fair, as there is still an “alternative” vibe about them. Still, they seem to be aging like a fine wine.

“Claire” is a radio ready pop song with classic flavors -- in fact, if you close your eyes, Trapper and his low, smoky voice are dead ringers for Eddie Money on this one. “Outside of a Dream” is moody and a bit dark, with traces of optimism only Trapper can employ in a song like this. There are folky moments too, like “In the Galaxy” and “Keg on My Coffin” that are perfect for campfires, but for the most part Paint the Town rocks -- songs with fleshed-out production like “Lucky Sevens” and the title track could easily find a home on modern rock radio. And piano-laced “Dream Came Down” likens Trapper to a modern day Jackson Browne. Does it get any more American than that?

I won’t get too deep into why bands like this never get the level of recognition they deserve. So let’s just say that while the industry champions a lot of crap, there are bands like the Push Stars that stick around by doing what they do best -- write great songs. Paint the Town is a record that will please an adoring fan base, and hopefully make a few more friends along the way. 


~Mike Farley 
mfarley@bullz-eye.com 





 

 

 

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