IMAGINARY SONS: Don’t Impress Me: CD

Though they dip their toes in a variety of influential pools—rock, psychedelia, swampy rock, a bit of punk, even a tinge of rap—at their core Imaginary Sons is a rock band, and a solid one at that. Meat and potatoes delivery masks a level of musicianship that sometimes seems ever more rare the closer one gets to crossing over the “mainstream” line. The diversity of sounds lends the whole package a bit more wings to keep the listener holding on for the ride just a bit longer than they would if things were kept in the same gear. Gotta admit, I was a bit skeptical when it started, and they’re swimming in tides I don’t usually sun next to these days, but they’ve handily, and rightly, earned a nod of respect here. –Jimmy Alvarado (Bossy Lil Thing, bossylilthingrecords.com)