With their first full length Tomorrow is Alright, Sonny and the Sunsets have created a simply wonderful West Coast pop album, led by the whimsical songwriting of Sonny Smith. Smith’s been a cult hero around the Bay for a while: Chuck Prophet formed a record label in order to release his 2006 solo album Fruitvale and John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), Tim Cohen and Shayde Sartin (The Fresh and Onlys) were among the contributors to the new album.
But enough about the names and the pedigree. This is great rock-pop music: not bedroom music per se, but possessing an uncommon sense of personality that validates the label’s comparisons to Jonathan Richman. Soft Abuse says there are only going to be 500 copies of Tomorrow is Alright, and if there’s any justice, they will be gone quickly.