TOMMY RAY!: First Hits Free: CD

From the first thirty seconds I was thinking this reminded me of the band The Cry from Portland, Ore. with that post-Exploding Hearts, power pop, glammy kind of sound. Minimal online research shows that this is in fact a solo record from a member of that band. There are surprisingly strong songs on display here with a great mid-fi recording quality. Most who try this style fall flat on their face, so it is always nice to see it done well. Fans of the Biters, Tranzmitors, or Gentleman Jesse will find a whole lot to like here. –Mike Frame (Kool Kat Muzik)