The moment one gets into Ken Sharp’s latest album, Beauty in the Backseat, one is transported back to the ’70s, where pop-rock was king of the airwaves.
These lovingly crafted 16 tracks reveal Sharp’s deep love and commitment to the music that he loves and adores.
It is something so refreshing in this day and age to find a music artist leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of an authentic expression of a special epoch of rock music.
And Sharp is suitably qualified in this respect being a New York Times best selling writer who has authored or co-authored over eighteen music books, contributes to a variety of national music magazines, works on music documentaries and has done liner notes for legacy artist releases as well!
Thus, songs like “Mona Lisa Smile”, “No Seems to Stay Together Anymore”, “Ring On Your Finger” and the like, resonate strongly for anyone who remembers the glorious mid-70s.
Catchy melodies, infectious hooks, gorgeous backing vocal harmonies, clean rhythm guitars, fuzzy leads, electric pianos lend credence to the time frame Sharp is referencing, topped off with a tribute to a late ’70s heart-throb in “I Wanna Be David Cassidy”!
There’s much to savour on Beauty in the Backseat, with sixteen tracks to capture your attention, there’s bound to be something to love for the PoP Faithful. Highly recommended!
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