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Combining the quirky sunset rock of former bandmate Beck with the standards accessibility of Burt Bacharach, the 12-track EAST L.A. BREEZE is a lo-fi indie gem enriched with prolific instrumentation and clever dollops of imagination spurring songs like the passionate title track. Fleshing out the somber tones on ""Ugly Babylon" to elicit Tom Waits on happy pills comparisons while doling out stylishly sly pop-rock on "Blue Candles", Brazzaville's highly touted Roxy Music meets Steely Dan by way of The Eagles form of pop-rock champions Herb Alpert, channels The Carpenters, and rocks out like Chicago in the early days, creating an impressive amalgamation of pop-rock that tantalizes and captivates.
- Mike SOS