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Tony Romanello
Counting Stars (Engine Shed Records)

By: Alex Steininger

On his second solo record, Tulsa, OK's Tony Romanello, backed by several musicians, including The Flaming Lips' drummer Steven Drozd, delivers an astonishing collection of well-written, vibrant pop songs. From glowing melodies to heartwarming hooks, the lush creations, which are propelled by a full string quartet, horns, and various keyboards, swim and float around in your head. Romanello's voice further pushes the songs pop abilities to the max, his range a factor in many of the gorgeous melodies touching you so dearly. This is a prime example of the power of pop; a tight, glorious mixture of rock and sweet melodies, strings heightening the experience while the keyboards, vocals, and horns flesh everything out and ensure a pretty listening experience throughout. I'll give this an A-.
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