SONNY SMITH: Rod for Your Love – AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson

Rod for Your Love

Officially his tenth studio album counting releases as Sonny & the Sunsets, Rod for Your Love comes advertised as a back-to-basics sort of album for Sonny Smith. That rings especially true considering that his two prior LPs were an original monologue set to music (2016's Sees All Knows All) and a vibrant Sonny & the Sunsets record that explored '80s new wave with producer Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs (2016's Moods Baby Moods). Still, he doesn't revisit his earliest folk proclivities here; rather, Rod for Your Love re-embraces '60s-inspired guitar pop, both in terms of structure and, to a large degree, arrangements. Describing the approach as "meat and potatoes," Smith recorded it with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys at Auerbach's studio in Nashville, along with his .....

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