With an unrelenting feel-good sound, canny lyrics and a frontman with a history of being a traveling troubadour, Sonny And The Sunsets could without a doubt be transported a few decades back and fit in as comic book and cartoon show with the likes of Josie And The Pussycats. Although band leader Sonny Smith actually already has a project called 100 Records where he creates music for fictional bands, there is nothing hypothetical about the eminence of Sonny And The Sunsets' sophomore release.
Appropriately titled Hit After Hit
, the album could be the soundtrack to a riotous sock hop, and each song is an animated story on its own.
The steady opener "She Plays Yo-Yo With My Mind" smoothly eases listeners into the escapades that will follow, as the lyrics hint at the album's radiance. Smith sings, "When I see you/ The sun starts to shine," which is exactly what happens at the tick of the album's first note. Smith talks about a girl messing with his head, yet he shows little frustration. He remains calm, and there is nothing alarming about his voice, which is one of the reasons that the music is so accessible. He is the level-headed character that never panics.