Shine

The Skies of America

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Not sure whether to call myself by a band name or solo artist, this album marks my first in a series of solo releases. Includes the song "Shine" as featured in Disney's "Bridge To Terabithia" and National Lampoon's "Van Wilder II". The band name came from the title of a favorite recording by legendary jazz experimentalist Ornette Coleman.

ALLMUSIC review, 2006

One gets the feeling that the Skies of America wouldn't mind at all seeing a list of influences alongside their own name. After all, what self-respecting alt-pop band would balk at being tossed into the same bin as Cheap Trick, Crowded House, T. Rex, Squeeze, Small Faces, Mick Ronson, Badfinger (whose "Come and Get It" they cover faithfully and commendably), Rockpile, the Raspberries, Oasis, a little bit of Who and, really, peak-era Peter Frampton, whose voice Skies' founding singer/guitarist/bassist/pianist Robert Bonfiglio (formerly of '90s rockers Wanderlust) occasionally resembles. The appropriately titled Shine percolates with chunky guitar chords and piercing leads, Mike Fisher's swirling keys (from B-3 to Moog) and stately cello, layered vocals and lockstep classic rock rhythms. But more than anything it delivers tightly structured, deliciously hooky, ultra-melodic pop songs that sound at once cozily familiar and refreshingly fresh. Formerly called Better Days, the Skies of America are proudly positive at a time when the mope is king, but not in a goopy sort of way: Dig a little beneath the surface and you're likely to find things aren't always so shiny. If classic rock radio wasn't all but dead, the only difficulties DJs would have would be deciding which of these effusively powerhouse mini-anthems not to play.

released October 21, 2006

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