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Justin Levinson
1175 Boylston
OutTake Records

If you've ever read anything I've ever written, you'd realize that I can't stand anything derivative. Unless it sounds like The Smiths, of course. But I finally found a singer that isn't original, but I like anyways. And his name is Justin Levinson.

It's been a while since the last time Ben Folds released something. But Levinson is making up the difference. His debut full-length album, 1175 Boylston, released in 2006, combines piano know-how with the smart pop that made Folds so great.

Levinson, a Berklee College of Music student, is more a local musician than anything else, playing songs across the New England area to promote his album. It's a wonder that I, a Southern California girl, could ever come across Justin Levinson. But I'm glad that I have.

The album opens up strong with "Sunny Day" and pretty much continues throughout with an open-up-the-windows, put-the-top-down-on-your-convertible, ride-a-bicycle-on-the-beach, dance-on-the-sand-during-summer, feel. Perfect for the spring time, and the upcoming summer time, be ready for Justin Levinson to graduate and hit the indie radio stations with a vengeance.

-Caitlin McGuire

Track Listing:
1. Sunny Day
2. Empty Line Cliche
3. All I Ever Wanted
4. Sophie
5. Sky is Falling
6. Sleepwalking
7. Andria
8. If You Get Lost
9. City With Two Streetlights
10. Fireflies
11. Nice To See You Guys

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