Peter Trappen

Frequent Sea

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West Palm Beach, FL's Peter Trappen has worked as a professional musician for over 20 years and is the lead singer of south Florida's garage rockers the White Owls, but Frequent Sea marks his solo debut. The album centerpieces Trappen's Bob Seger-esque vocals and Clapton-inspired guitar work while rehashing classic rock from Santana to the Who. Trappen has a three-octave vocal range and is a skilled guitar player, but the result, from the punned title to the slick production, is quite bland. The songs on Frequent Sea follow a loose narrative about a rebel rock & roller ("Roll the Dice") who falls for a sexy environmentalist working at a 7-11 (the Who-inflected "Rainbow Child"). After professing his love ("Blind") and then screwing up (the Wallflowers-ish "Melissa" and the album's best track, "Tomorrow Seems So Long"), he follows her up the Pacific Coast Highway to help her save the redwoods ("Anywhere You Stay"). Not really the most challenging or revolutionary music, but certainly palatable and probably enjoyable in the mix of classic rock played at some nameless bar on Friday night.

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