SUNDOWNER: Neon Fiction: CD

Sundowner is a project of Chris McCaughan of The Lawrence Arms. It’s an acoustic-based singer/songwriter project that he started working on in early 2006. This is his third album. He is joined on this album by Neil Hennessy on bass guitar and drums. Together they have managed to make an acoustic album that will appeal to people not looking for a Springsteen clone, but for a band that gives the listener something substantial to listen to—no slogans, just pure musical enjoyment. These ten songs are a nice mixture of faster songs—”Cemetery West,” “We Drift Eternal”—and slower, more melancholic songs, like “My Beautiful Ruins” and “Grey on Grey.” The mix of the songs works really well to keep a flow going. It never drags or gets too maudlin.

 –Rick Ecker (Fat Wreck Chords, fatwreck.com)