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The Wellgreen — Summer Rain
(Sugarbush Records SB036, 2017, LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-10-14

Summer Rain Cover art

Sugarbush Records is a vinyl-only label out of the UK that has been releasing limited edition LPs of power-pop, psych, and indie music since 2012. In the case of The Wellgreen, a Scottish band, their third release, Summer Rain, is a solid set of 70s melodic guitar pop songs. The album opens with the title track, but for children of the 60s this is not a cover of Johnny Rivers’ 1967 hit about the Summer of Love. But the song does have a retro feel with trippy jangling sitar-like guitars. Most of the twelve pop songs are love ballads of one sort or another, a few them showing some Beatles influence. The love song “Jennifer” has some Billy Joel influence as well. Across the disc vocal harmonies dominate. Summer Rain is great date music. There are no hard edges or guitar pyrotechnics. If you love 70s power pop along the lines of Emitt Rhodes or Paul McCartney, perhaps Summer Rain is just what you need.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): The Wellgreen

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