BY JOHN B. MOORE
The Truth is Like the Sun, the second in a planned four album series for Brooklyn-based chamber pop band The Sharp Things, is simply jaw-on-the-floor beautiful.
Like the first record in their Dogs of Bushwick series, Green is Good; this one brings together a slew of different influences and manages to be pleasantly all over the map in tine. The first half of the record – starting with the album opener “Can’t Get Started” complete with a strong chorus of voices backed by piano and followed quickly by the sweet ballad “Lulubelle”- strikes a more wistful vibe, before the last half of the record moves to a more upbeat space.
The Truth is Like the Sun boasts some of the best songs in the bands nearly 15 years together. “Flesh and Bone,” for example, sounds like a long lost track from the Pet Sounds sessions and lyrically, a song like “Talk to Me,” could go up against just about any Harry Nilsson song. With nearly a dozen current members, the layered vocals and instruments as varied as the Flugelhorn and Glockenspiel simply add to the group’s endless reservoir of charm.
DOWNLOAD: “Can’t Get Started,” “Lulubelle”… screw it, just buy the whole album.