Chris Richards and The Subtractions “Decayed: 10 Years of Harmony and Song”
This gathers a decades worth of Chris Richard and its distilled into one catchy adrenaline fueled LP. Each song is a winner (that’s why they are called “Greatest Hits”) and it includes the original “Call Me Out” which is also on The Power Popaholic Original Soundtrack Vol. 3.
Plenty of guest stars are on these tracks: Nick Piunti, Keith Klingensmith, and Andy Reed contribute to the best primer I can think of for the Chris Richards neophyte. Of course, its all Highly Recommended! And you can see the band LIVE at Power Popaholic Fest on August 30.
Deena “Rock River”
New Jersey songstress Deena (Shoshkes) showcases her light blend of alt country and indie pop. Somewhat a cross between Lisa Loeb and Blossom Dearie, her distinct vocal is supported by fantastic backing instrumentation . “My Own Advice” has a sturdy pop hook and simple chorus, reminding me of a Monkees single. “All She Wrote” is a fun sing along and the bouncy “My Friend Superman” is sunny pop with a touch of jazz about teasing the Man of Steel.
And while not everything is as catchy, there are plenty of highlights here. The country mid-tempo heartbreaker “Always Tomorrow” is a memorable twanger, with help from pedal steel player Jonathan Gregg. No real filler, and the stylistic variety prevents boredom. Definitely sweet enough to stay on my playlist.