GLEAM, THE: Sunrise: CD

This right here is a country album by some dudes in the Midwest. Sunrise has a fun, upbeat feel that is punctuated by harmonica solos and twangy guitar fills. This wouldn’t be bad for its genre if it wasn’t for the vocals. The half- drunken drawl of the lead singer and those group singalongs get so off-key that it’s kind of painful. The guy doesn’t quite have that gravelly country singer voice down, either. This band would probably be fun to dance to if they played at a local bar, but the vocals kind of killed this CD for me.

 –Lauren Trout (Self-released, thegleamusa.com)