Album Review

Amber Smith, the – “From Upper Lip to Lower Hip ” – [Version City]

mitch   6/24/2006   A Library, CD

Born too late to be a RASPBERRY, Lawrence Kim
did manage to latch on with the BMX BANDITS,
long enough to appear on their final LP, ‘Theme Park?,
before returning to his native NY. Kim, an erstwhile
filmmaker, formed THE AMBER SMITH along with
fellow guitarist Oliver Sharpe + drummer David Silva
back in 2002. After a self-released EP, the group added
bassist Josh Leeman (THE AFFAIR) to create the current
lineup. This Brooklyn quartet plays jangle pop with a
calibrated buoyancy, a power pop for lovers that is as rich
in melodics as it is pitch-perfect in vocal bliss. Playing the
NYC Luna Lounge-Galapagos-Sin-E circuit with regularity,
THE AMBER SMITH (not to be confused with the Budapest
band of the same name) share the love with finesse & flair.
MITCH May 2004

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