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CrystalTop Music Presents

Rating: 7.5/10 ?

May 31, 2007
Based within the hip grid of Brooklyn, CrystalTop Music is home to quite a diverse line up of artists, exemplified by the sounds of the label's most recent release. Ranging from 60's girl group via country-rock to mellow trip-hop influenced pop, altogether CrystalTop Music Presents is quite a delicious little collection. There are a number of noteworthy artists represented on the compilation, Ryan Scott, Christina Courtin, and The Dang-It Bobbys, to mention a few.

The release starts out strong with "Momma's Boy" by Elizabeth & The Catapults, a little do-woppy number that rests on a very simple guitar plucking away in the background. An upbeat tune, it leaves the listener happy and satisfied. That sunny disposition permeates most of the songs in the collection, even the more mellow ones, to the point that those not fitting the cheery profile feel conspicuously ill suited to the tracklist.

Of several tracks that qualify as highlights, "Foreign Country" by Christina Courtin's Running Kicks is without a doubt the strongest. It's an upbeat, folksy tune with a jazzy feel to it, topped with Courtin's adorable vocals. While not quite standard enough to be a chart topper, I'm sure it will be the soundtrack to quite a few summer adventures, provided that people get the chance to discover it.

With more than a handful great songs CrystalTop Music Presents is definitely worth a listen, and the wonders of the modern playlist make weeding out the few stinkers a breeze. It's a happy and soulful collection, and with its cheery flavor is more than appropriate to accompany the blooming of flowers and the greening of trees. It is, plain and simple, a summer CD; play it in the summer setting of your choice, the beach, the barbeque, the hammock. Anything goes with this feel-good collection.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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