A-SIDES, THE: Hello, Hello: CD

Gentle, lilting pop music which sounds like a throwback to the 1960s. It’s actually a very pleasant surprise of Beach Boys-inflected, Pet Sounds-era sunshine rock (which means that it compares favorably with contemporaries like Beulah, the Pernice Brothers, the Aluminum Group and other chamber-pop specialists). This album strikes me as one that will take some time to grow on me, but don’t be surprised if you hear about it again around the end of the year when I do my “best of” list because it just seems that there’s a little too much here to appreciate in the span of time that most critics (myself included, this time) have to evaluate an album’s merits. Mark it eight, dude.

 –scott (Prison Jazz)