Album Review: Drifting Sand – Summer Splash (6/10)

DriftingSand-600wideRecreating the spirit of the early ‘60s surf/sun/fun pop era rides a fine line between parody and sincerity. The cartoony Spongebob delivery and goofy attitude of most of the vocal tunes here render things, well, kind of CORNY. Where Drifting Sand truly excel is on the surf instrumental tunes, which are all near-perfect, and veteran instrumentalist Rick Escobar definitely hits the home runs in that department. The production is excellent overall, but the band needs to decide whether they are providing entertainment for adults or for the 8-year-old set. – David Arnson