A Flower in Your Head

A Flower in Your Head

by John Gold


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With a voice and pop sensibility that fall somewhere in between Rufus Wainwright, Josh Ritter, and Ron Sexsmith, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter John Gold's third outing offers up a nice bit of Harry Nilsson-esque AM pop, wrapped up in a quirky indie rock candy coating. A little too beholden to the verse/chorus/verse/chorus template of his radio heroes, Gold's easy voice and penchant for simple, effective melodies work best when he lets the song wander out into the street. Stand-out cuts like "Skyscraper" and "The Loop" -- the latter of which is pure road-trip pop goodness wrapped in a miniature stadium-anthem package -- are as energizing as they are sticky sweet, and the sneaky "Baby It's Your Life" paces about before unleashing a terrific ELO-inspired chorus. In truth, there's not a bad song to be found on Flower in Your Head, as each moment is lovingly crafted and subtly detailed with the care of a true pop connoisseur, but Gold's audio palette seems so caked in primary colors, that it may never have even occurred to him to mix them up, which is shame, as there are moments here that could have benefitted from a few gray skies.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2011
Label: Vagrant Records
UPC: 0601091066120
catalogNumber: 661
Rank: 253275

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Performance Credits

John Gold   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Electric Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
David Ralicke   Horn
Tim Young   Guitar
Petra Haden   Violin
John Kimbrough   Guitar
Ben Peeler   Pedal Steel Guitar
Inara George   Vocals
Bryon Atkinson   Vocals
Amir Yaghmai   Violin
Keefus   Piano,Keyboards
Josh Lopez   Guitar
Kaveh Rastegar   Upright Bass
Evan Slamka   Vocals
Morgan Nagler   Vocals
Scott Seiver   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Benji Hughes   Vocals
John Kirby   Piano
Michael Jerome Moore   Drums

Technical Credits

David Ralicke   Composer
Keefus   Composer
John Gold   Composer,Producer
Sam Music   Additional Production
Scott Seiver   Producer
Benji Hughes   Composer

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