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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

LINK: Martin Stephenson and the Daintees – “California Star” – Album Review

Martin Stephenson and the Daintees – “California Star” – Album Review

Martin Stephenson and the Daintees are described as British Rock/Folk/Pop Band. I try not to be critical of musicians, but there is a genre of music I’m not a big fan of, and that genre features artists such as Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews, John Mayer etc. While listening to Martin Stephenson and the Daintees new album “California Stars” I can’t help but say to the artists mentioned above that this is what your music is supposed to sound like.

“California Star” and the music of the Daintees is not my preferred genre of music, but “California Star” was a pleasant listening experience. I’d definitely add the album to my iTunes catalog so that I could rediscover some of this music over time. There wasn’t one song on the album that left me bored, but I must admit that I’m kind of partial to “Streets of San Sebastian.” As a fan of movies, that song fits right in with any Quentin Tarantino film or Spaghetti Western.

If you’re into the singer songwriter thing, but like music that has a lot of atmosphere…it’s almost visual, then I think you should give Martin Stephenson and the Daintees a listen. If you’re a filmmaker, well known or otherwise, you must check out the Daintees, because I think there is a good shot you could find a place for their music in your movie.

BYLINE: Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow

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