Gregg Yeti

Heart Palpitations of the Rich & Famous

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Singer Gregg Yeti sounds as if he's been raised on warm California pop judging by the great number "Half on the Way" placed midway through Heart Palpitations of the Rich & Famous. The album also has a wide, expansive feel thanks to Yeti's delivery on several songs, especially the warm and almost epic-like "Colonize Your Eyes," a tune that is a distant cousin of Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town." The album opens with a large, grand pop song entitled "Deal with You Perfect," which has a choir and a rather muddy bassline throughout, resembling a lightweight version of Polyphonic Spree. However, the ensuing "Body Like a Fever" hits the ground running, resulting in a great roots rocker that Yeti effortlessly delivers. What one senses is that the performer is never going to let that proverbial ball drop, making for a consistent, stellar record from start to finish. One of the lone real rockers here is the punchy and tight "Adventures in Bad T-Shirts." Meanwhile, he settles the record down somewhat on the catchy midtempo "Laughter Be Your Slave" and the delectable "The Erase Her Eraser," which could be the perfect Americana answer to a pop nugget by the New Pornographers. Perhaps the song that personifies the album best is "My Narcoleptic Sara," a gorgeous roots pop nugget that could probably hold its own against the likes of Arcade Fire. On the whole, it's a tremendously grin-inducing album.

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