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Delta Spirit, ‘Ode to Sunshine’ (Rounder)

Jon Young // August 25, 2008

Whether it’s a happy accident or a painstaking work of art, the rousing debut of this San Diego quintet impresses mightily.Despite passing echoes of Spoon and Violent Femmes, Delta Spirit’s rough barroom pop is its own creature, with jangly pianos, rattling drums, and scruffy acoustic guitars making a thrilling ruckus.Sounding just a day away from a sore throat, singer Matt Vasquez possesses the energy of a hustling televangelist, issuing irony-free invitations to a better life. When he shouts, “All you soul-searching people, c’mon!” don’t hesitate to join the rally.

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