Firstly - how can there be a review of an album that isn't out yet? Could it be that this is simply PR hype or through an illegally downloaded copy? Actually, the album has been available direct from the Rinaldi Sings website since June, but isn't on general release until August.
So - what's it all about? This is the second release from Steve Rinaldi, and like its predecessor, is firmly located in mid 60s Swinging London. Unashamedly retro, these mod/soul songs manage to convey that era without ever straying into pastiche. Like the first album, we have driving brass and swirling organ, supporting Rinaldi's vocals, which I've described elsewhere as a cross between Steve Marriott and Tony Christie.
Stand-out songs: "Come as you are, you're a star" with its exubarent energy, "Where did it all go wrong Mr Best" which combines melancholy with musicality, and the punningly titled "End of An Error". Overall though this is a great summery pop soundtrack and Rinaldi Sings deserves a much wider audience than its current base of mods.
So why only 4 stars? my only criticism is that the Rinaldi sound hasn't progressed much from the debut album, and - perhaps in the way that the Small Faces moved in to psychedelia and The Who into rock opera - the next album can't simply stay on Carnaby Street