Sunshine State of Mind

Sunshine State of Mind

by We the Kings


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From its bright-yellow packaging to the summery pop
ock songs within, Sunshine State of Mind is a tribute to We the Kings' home state, sort of like the Floridian equivalent of the Academy Is' Fast Times at Barrington High. "Say You Like Me" flirts with reggae rhythms, "Every Single Dollar" puts a Warped Tour spin on 1950s rock & roll, and "Friday Is Forever" barrels forward with a sunny, epic sweep, its melody elevated by vocal harmonies and overdubbed strings. The lyrics fall into the same prepackaged categories as previous albums -- either the girl's leaving the boy or the boy's leaving the girl, both of which are described with the sort of literary semi-prowess you'd find in a high-school lit mag -- and they're filled with plenty of wordless syllables (whoa, oh, oooh being the most frequent) to maximize their singalong potential. The ballads don't carry nearly as much heft as the faster songs, even with the added benefit of S*A*M & Sluggo's high-sheen production, but We the Kings have never been concerned with heft anyway. Sunshine State of Mind is a lightweight, breezy album, with just enough melodic mass to keep its songs from floating out of listeners' heads and into the ether.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2011
Label: S-Curve Records
UPC: 0807315200923
catalogNumber: 52009

Album Credits

Performance Credits

We the Kings   Primary Artist
Danny Duncan   Drums,Group Member
Travis Clark   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Hunter Thomsen   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Drew Thomsen   Bass,Group Member
Grant Michaels   Keyboards
Mark Evitts   Strings

Technical Credits

Travis Clark   Composer,Programming
Mike Marquis   Booking
Howie Beno   Engineer
Bret Disend   Management
Matt Galle   Booking
Sam Hollander   Composer,Programming
Josh Edmondson   String Arrangements
Sean Gould   Engineer
S*A*M   Producer
Sluggo   Producer
Todd Russell   Art Direction
Robert Schwartzman   Composer,Engineer
Grant Michaels   Programming
Mark Ngui   Booking
Dave Hotz   Composer,Programming
Brent Mulligan   Management

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