Da Vincis

See You Tonight

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The three members of the Da Vincis -- singer/keyboardist Andrew Burke, bassist Peyton Randolph, and drummer/singer Gavin Fields, all began their senior years in high school in their hometown of Jackson, MS, shortly before the release of this, their debut album in October 2009. That is notable not only because of their age (none is over 17), but also because of the location, since See You Tonight turns out to be 32 minutes of sophisticated, piano-based pop of a sort that might more easily have been expected to emerge from, say, a northern English town. Burke boasts 12 years of classical training (which would be most of his life, of course), and it comes out in his playing and in the group's composing, which has a light, European flavor sometimes reminiscent of Michel Legrand. That continental effect is brought more up to date on "Hotel Elysée," which introduces an element of Euro-pop. Burke croons smoothly over the arrangements in a sonorous voice that places him right in the pop/rock tradition of Bryan Ferry, Martin Fry, Morrissey, and Brandon Flowers. Producer Misha Hercules provides a sometimes cluttered studio sound, full of sound effects and stray voices. The only part of the disc that betrays the band's origins and ages is the lyrics, which have a charming, just-out-of-middle-school ingenuousness as Burke pleads with a friend to join him in Facebook ("Friend Request") or Fields, in one of his two lead vocals, muses, "In the back of the minivan, we will learn to tie our shoes" ("Nickels and Dimes"). The band members may have some growing up left to do, but they display a lot of talent in these tracks.