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From David Bash at Bucketfull of Brains:
A very solid debut by this one man show from Pennsylvania, who combines early Beatle ballad-isms (think "If I Fell") with the more lush, full-bodied territory mined by Richard X. Heyman and Mark Johnson. Each song on Every Summer is warm and engaging, with harmonies and cool chord changes that kinda sneak up on you. Exemplars of this approach are "4U," "Laughter & Tears," and "Mind," while "Out There" is the most blatently Beatlesque with its direct nod to "Across The Universe". The best song on the album is the dreamy, hypnotic, "Town," which we fortunately get in both electric and acoustic versions. No doubt several Bucketfull of Brains readers would love this disc!
From Whit's Brain:
This debut flows with confident melodies loaded with rich harmonies. Lawrenson's vocals are Love Nut-era Andy Bopp backed by early-model Beatles, or even what Andy Partridge may sound like singing something from Teenage Fanclub. The highlights here are "4U", which is a masterfully written piece of 1960's pop and "Harmonee", a pretty Rubber Soul-style ballad.
From Bruce Brodeen at Notlame:
Excellent debut from Stephen Lawrenson and now out on the continually excellent Paisley Pop label. Lawrenson most definitely reminds us of Jeff Lynne and ELO in the vocal department(a bit of Lennon, as well) but it`s clear the music shares a bond with Sir Lynne as the Beatles-obsessions naturally become embedded in so much of the musical refrains, arrangements and instrumentation. Echoes, refrains, divinations are also taken from XTC, early solo McCartney and Badfinger, maybe some Raspberries dotting in and out. What makes it even better is this is 10 perfect tracks timed to such an affect they most certainly do not over stay their welcome but leave you wanting more without the frustration of not being able to get it. The rich harmonies(and their carefully layered arrangements) are a balm to all our pop senses with their uplifting refrains. The intent is pure here, that is clear--which makes this debut all the more charming and exciting. It reminds me of recent exciting debuts with the same qualities, Eugene Edwards and Frank Barajas. Extremely Highly Recommended.
From Matt Dornan at Comes With A Smile:
Power-pop afficionados will find much to admire here in Stephen Lawrenson's first release, particularly his multi-instrumental skills and layered harmonies. On this six-track introduction Lawrenson has taken the DIY approach as far as it'll go; writing, performing and producing every note. The name-check for Brad Jones among the thank-yous gives an indication of where Lawrenson's at, as does his love of The Beatles, Badfinger, Jeff Lynne etc which comes through loud and clear. Echoes of contemporaries Chris Von Sneidern and Cotton Mather are to be found on Harmonee and Stairway respectively, whilst closer That Way revisits the stripped-down soulful balladry of Big Star's Thirteen. The stand-out, however, is Mind where the tell-tale Rickenbacker pictured on the cover gets a solid workout and the vocal arrangement is spot-on.
From Sean Merrell at Kaffeine Buzz:
(Reviewing the track, Town from the Paisley Pop compilation:
The Sensitive Guy's Guide to Groovy Music)
Probably the most unique track on the record was the psychedelic offering from Stephen Lawrenson entitled "Town." There's plenty of White-Album-era force backed by an ominous wall of sound to kick that track over the top of the rest of the compilation