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Sonny & The Sunsets / Longtime Companion
Album:Longtime Companion Collection:General
Artist:Sonny & The Sunsets Added:Jul 2012
Label:Polyvinyl Record Co. 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-07-15 Pull Date:2012-09-16 
Week Ending:Sep 9Sep 2Aug 26Aug 12Aug 5Jul 29Jul 22

 Recent Airplay
1.Feb 27, 2015:The Sunset Life (Shayde Sartin and Sonny Smith are Cool Guys)
I Was Born
4.Apr 25, 2013:Daydream Disaster
Pretend You Love Me
2.Apr 23, 2014:Whatever the Hippies Want, Bitch!
Pretend You Love Me
5.Apr 09, 2013:Home Free
Pretend You Love Me
3.May 16, 2013:Daydream Disaster
Sea Of Darkness
6.Dec 08, 2012:Buford J. Sharkley's Top of 2012 Tracks Whatever
I Was Born

Album Review
Wallace Brontoon
Reviewed 2012-07-16 
Reviewed by Hervey Okkles, 7-14-2012

Sonny Smith expresses his heartache over his ten-year relationship coming to an end, by turning The Sunsets into a country-rock band, to GREAT results.

Sonny Smith is a hell of a talented guy, a master of any genre he touches (seriously, check out the 100 Records project...), but here, he pounds out a unified and REALLY solid pure country/folk album. Give it a shot, it grows on you.

Almost all tracks are equally great. No FCCs.

1 (3:45) **** Bruised straight-ahead upbeat folk, with scratchy delivery. "Am I really here?" Halfway through, it's joined by a garden of woodwinds, and it's all very pretty. They get really chirpy right at end.
2 (3:02) *** Beery strumming angry honky-tonker. GREAT hooks and texture. This is everything you want from a heartbroken honky-tonk dude.
3 (4:19) *** Muffled instrumentation accentuates the heartbreak, wistful and catchy, but sad sad folk.
4 (5:37) **** More of a '60s jammy folk-rock vibe (think Byrds), but the same spectrum of heartache and wistfulness. Psychey flutes and whatnot join before long. Really nice, great hooks.
5 (5:44) **** More of a straightforward twangy Marty Robbins type. Shaggy, halfassed (but charming) story of animals ("In the year of the cock, I was the flea") Attempts at Dylanesque wordplay.
6 (2:37) *** Slide guitar! Morose flute! Driving country, with a purpose. More woodwinds! Instrumental, echoes Dylan's "Nashville Skyline" more than a little.
7 (2:59) *** Sunshiney classic country, with his deflated putdown ("I look into your eyes, I see the void.") Sour half-singing.
8 (2:58) **** More slide-guitar, whimsical but acid country ("Time will tell if we stick together") Pure Burrito Brothers. God, Sonny Smith has a gift for hooks.
9 (2:49) *** More of the same, with a mock-gospel breakdown halfway thru ("Oh please; oh please") His mind is messed up all the time. Great steel guitar solo.
10 (4:25) *** A more Motown-influenced melody, with chorus in background, but funky organ grounds everything. Steel guitar gives it the country sound, but the flutes, too! It's a real mutt.

Track Listing
1.I Was Born 6.Rhinestone Sunset
2.Dried Blood 7.I See The Void
3.Children Of The Beehive 8.Sea Of Darkness
4.Pretend You Love Me 9.My Mind Messed Up
5.Year Of The Cock 10.Longtime Companion