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Frank Bango
The Unstudied Sea (Sincere Recording Co.)

By: Alex Steininger

Lyricist Richy Vesecky and singer/musician Frank Bango team up once again for Bango's second solo record, The Unstudied Sea, an intelligent pop record that, though may not be the easiest to swallow with a surface listen, becomes an enjoyable gem after delving into it deeper. Bango's nasally Costello-esque voice is at first the reason the record is so hard to put down. But, eventually becomes the clarity that makes the record so delightful. With a knack for good pop hooks, semi-lush compositions, and lyrics that read like an enjoyable novel, Bango's The Unstudied Sea has longevity, a rarity in pop music, and the mark of a solid pop offering. It's candy coated, sugar texture is minimal, going for the slow burn over the quick fix. Where other pop records load up on sugar and offer nothing more, Bango offers nearly sugar-free pop, but bulks up on substance. I'll give it a B+.
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