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CD Review: The Lazy Suns 

The Lazy Suns debut was recorded at Suns Studio. No, not the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, but the band's own retreat in the Capital District. Too bad, because although there would have been big boots to fill there, the historic walls may have brought out more of the authenticity and soul lurking beneath the waves of power pop and roadhouse jangle that are lacking in the record's straight-ahead production.

The Lazy Suns are at their best live, unhinged and raw, living in the creaks and cracks, able to let the warmth shine in. Singing and writing duties on this six-song EP are split between Jeff Sohn, who plays bass, guitar, keyboards, and percussion, and Marc Clayton, who plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica. Brad Jarvis is on drums, and Larry Winchester holds down the lead guitar, while Rick Morse—the real gem here—rises above with tasty accents on pedal steel, slide guitar, and dobro. The last song on the EP, "Troubled Sea," features hurdy gurdy, and was used in the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch." The tune's sea-shanty sway and Pogues-like frolic make it the standout.

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