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  • Audio CD (15 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Innovative Leisure
  • ASIN: B00LL6PGOC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Worship The Sun is an apt title for the second album from the LA-based group Allah-Las, the follow-up to their self-titled 2012 debut. When The Distillery, the all-analogue studio in which their eponymous debut album was recorded closed it's doors for the final time, Los Angeles Allah-Las could easily have forgone their sound and turned to a non-descript location to record their follow up. Yet Worship The Sun is a continuation in the bands authentic West Coast vibe staying true to their home-grown dwellings it was laid down in numerous locations across LA. We've had great experiences touring; we've been influenced by new environments and were always digging for new records, books, art and inspiration but there's always a bit of anxiety as well, tells drummer Matthew Correia. We've skirted the law a few times, gotten out of some tight situations and luckily emerged unscathed; touring has given us a real appreciation for time at home. Worship The Sun is exciting and evocative, revealing the maturity of a band no longer starting out but working at the top of their game. If you've been waiting for more of that warm hazy sunshine goodness, well brace yourself for warmer climates, the outlook is good and it goes to show that you can take the band out of LA but can't take LA out of Allah-Las.

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This 2nd album from the L.A. hipster combo pays effusive tributes to their heroes (basically the mid-60's garage and mid-late 60's folk-rock of California) without the all important 'shock-of-the-new' / 'nobody has done this before' quotient that is essential to the creation of truly great music. It is therefore 'aural comfort food' for those who are familiar with the influences of the Allah-Las but want to hear those sounds in a slightly different order. Bearing that in mind this is very enjoyable music, lightweight in many ways but evocative of a long by-gone era that is only cared about by a diminishing band of acolytes (I don't think the Allah-Las will be troubling the top-40 anytime soon!).

There are no great songs here - just echoes of another era - but the sounds of that epoch are accurately reproduced with plenty of reverb, a combination of twang and jangle in the guitars and a modicum of snarl in the vocals. I am not sure this CD is better or worse than their (over-praised) debut which ironically did have a bit of a 'shock of the new/old' about it since nobody has really tried to be this accurately retro- since the L.A. Paisley underground bands of the early 80's (Rain Parade, Green on Red, Dream Syndicate, etc) and even that scene is now 30+ years ago!! Therefore it seems to be a case of 'steady as she goes' but there is nothing wrong in that as long as you buy into the deal with open eyes ---- accurately reproduced retro-Cali pop/rock from the mid-60's but without the awareness of breaking new ground that is essential to producing songs of the quality of the classics the Allah-Las would dearly love to emulate (such as 'Signed D.C.', 'Baby Don't Scold Me', 'Alabama Bound', 'Stranger In A Strange Land', 'Blues From An Airplane', 'Here Without You', 'Time Will Show The Wiser', 'Halloween Mary', etc, etc).
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A couple of years ago, a California foursome called the Allah-Las arose out of nowhere with a delicious ‘retro’ sounds straight from the 1960s, as if the (early) Byrds were still around these days. They released a promising self-titled debut album in 2012, and almost to the day 2 years later now comes the band’s anticipated second studio album.

“Worship The Sun” (14 tracks; 40 min.) continues in the same vein of the debut album, with the same ‘simple’ sounds which are in fact a lot more complex/layered than you think. The album opens with the short “De Vida Voz” and we are off on a rollicking good time. “Had It All” is one of my favorites on here, providing good vibes all around. The production sounds a bit more lush/richer than it was on the debut album, and that only adds to the enjoyment of course. The songs are short, make their musical point, and move on. Not a second is wasted, and nothing lingers on for the sake of just lingering. Other favorites on here for me include first single “501-415”, less than 2 minutes of heavenly bliss, “Nothing to Hide” (at 3’40” the longest song on here), and then deep into the album the title track, and the closer “Every Girl”, but I feel there are no weak tracks on here. Haters might say “it sounds just like the first album” but to that I respond: “why mess with a winning formula?”. Bottom line: this is a great album that is sure to make my “best of the year” albums list come December.

I haven’t had a chance yet to see these guys live. I can only hope they will come to the Midwest somewhere close to Cincinnati so that I can experience these retro-sounds in a concert setting. Meanwhile “Worship the Sun” is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Second album curse?

I may get flamed for this but I was a big promoter of their first disc.
I love it. I thought they had really captured something.
It was memorable and comfort food pleasing and I've seldom had it off my rotating playlist since it's release.
It recalled an epoch, niche and style without a lot of over production or effort.
Its lo-fi simplicity and hooky songs that flowed so well- one into the other were a sandy/salty mini-symphony.
Being a massive collector of 60's garage/pop-sike/sunshine pop and surf, and appreciated their dedication to subtle detail that made it all sound so authentic and timeless

Naturally, I was anxiously awaiting their overdue sophomore disc and had pre-orderd two copies.

I have now listened to Worship The Sun six times, trying to find that thing that grabbed me on the first disc.

Sadly, it didn't happen. The strong songs and promise they had on their debut are just not there.
What is, sounds weak, hastily written or lazy cast off material- not fully realized.

Maybe all that touring ate up the time they needed to write and make a great 2nd disc. It happens.

I'll still buy number three, 'cause I believe they do have it in them.
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Well crafted songs, where the attention to detail, is both in the composition of the these melodic tunes, and in the production. They reference many a 60's band, without being too similar. Fans of The Byrds, Love , The Beatles and The Stones will love this album, as will fans of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. 12 string Jangle, sunshine and Love.
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Garage surf rock
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