Pass It Around: Summertime Sunshine
Donavon Frankenreiter took his first steps in the music business by following the proven successful M.O. of friend Jack Johnson. But on his self-titled 2004 debut, Frankenreiter’s light acoustic pop also fell into Johnson’s pitfalls: The too-easygoing songs blended together. Each effort after his first, though, saw an evolving artist. On his fourth, Pass It Around, it’s readily apparent the minute the lively and vibrant opener “Life, Love & Laugher” starts that the California-based professional surfer has finally come into his own. His signature raspy forget-all-you-troubles voice is wonderfully displayed on “Someone’s Something,” while his newfound musical confidence takes center stage on the funky tropical-inspired “Your Heart.” He’s finally broken away from Johnson’s redundancy with a collection of 10 songs that are the perfect amount of lazy summertime sunshine mixed with upbeat, solid melodies.