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With more than 25 years of professional musical experience as the front man for one of the area’s longest-lasting acts, THE SNAP, Ben LeRoy sets forth on the first solo venture of his career with SMILE.
Set aside the implied simplicity of the album’s name for just a moment and hit PLAY. You’ll soon discover that the musical stories of SMILE reveal a wide spectrum of emotions subjects and, in the telling, a palate of genres ranging from straight-ahead pop/rock to jazz, blue-eyed soul and even classical baroque (as found on “Lolita”).
The quality of production on SMILE speaks loudly for both LeRoy’s talent as a song-writer and performer as well as for the studio-and-technical expertise of Marc Moss (who recorded David Bromberg’s 2007 Grammy-nominated Try Me One More Time). Although LeRoy has chalked up numerous recordings in his two-and-a-half decades as a musician, this album is a stand-out effort that marks a moment in which the performer has hit his stride.