It's a tall order naming your record Sunshine, but the Spanish group Carrots earns the distinction, crafting summery and effervescent orchestral pop that owes an enormous debt to vintage Beach Boys, Beatles, the Left Banke, and the other usual suspects. There are strong traces of psychedelia present as well -- check out "Spending Chocolate Coins" and "The Marshmallow Beach" for proof -- and the occasional track, like "Cinema," borrows liberally from synth pop. That's all well and good, but it all adds up to music with great reverence for pop's halcyon past that gets every superficial detail exactly right -- but fails to capture any trace of the originality at the heart of the music the band worships: Sunshine is pleasant and likable stuff -- ideal listening for the kind of midsummer's day it clearly strives to evoke -- but far too derivative of artists Carrots can't possibly hope to equal, let alone surpass.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny