Here’s a short and sweet review of Goldenboy’s “sleepwalker” from Verbicide Magazine.
Shon Sullivan began writing the first Goldenboy album while he was on tour playing for Elliott Smith almost 10 years ago. Smith actually coined â€œGoldenboyâ€ as a nickname for Sullivan. Since then, Goldenboyâ€™s added some full-time members, but the singer-songwriter feel still lingers on their latest record, Sleepwalker.
Much of the album takes cues from artists like Smith or Grandaddy, with Sullivanâ€™s breathy vocals featured prominently throughout. The piano riffs, like the upbeat pop of â€œChelsea Girl,â€ save the album from relying too heavily on acoustic guitars. The light and jazzy keys of â€œLilac Afternoonâ€ recall Nick Drakeâ€™s more upbeat moments on Bryter Layter. â€œBody and Soulâ€ also keeps things fresh with its shimmering guitars and brilliant trumpet solo. The singer-songwriter album has been done to death, but Goldenboy has all the right tricks up its sleeve to keep it interesting. – Peter Cauvel (Verbicide Magazine)