Monday, November 28, 2011

Justin Levinson & The Valcours: "This Side of Me, This Side of You" (mini-review)

There is little doubt that Burlington, VT's Justin Levinson can write a great song.  One listen through his new album, This Side of Me, This Side of You, with The Valcours, proves this.

Levinson cobbles together a compelling and highly enjoyable combination of pop, rock, and roots music.  The arrangements are reliably organic with big fat hooks galore.  The male/female vocal back-and-forth on "You Became a Ghost" being a shining example.

The best part of any Levinson album, though, is his lyrics.  That's no different here as he entertains with tales of love and it's backlash, particularly on the Ben Kweller-esque "Bar Scene" and the Ben Folds-like "I'll Be Ok".

Verdict: Buy It

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