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Har Mar Superstar, Best Summer Ever (Cult Records)




Har Mar Superstar, Best Summer Ever (Cult Records)
CD Reviews: May 11, 2016

05/12/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Har Mar Superstar, Best Summer Ever (Cult Records)

Over the years, 38-year-old Minnesota native Sean Tillmann has been leveraging his mercurial songwriting and wiggly Brandon Flowers-meets-Julian Casablancas voice to near-famous effect, winning collaborative support from such peers as Karen O, Peaches and Casablancas himself, who played a large part in selecting the songs for this release on his Cult Records label. The sixth album from this neighborhood of Tillman’s persona (one in which he performs, mostly in underwear, as an alternate-reality version of porn star Ron Jeremey, sometimes) finds our hero sitting alone with a Casio keyboard punching out 1980s-pop so catchy yet cheesy you’d swear it came straight out of the Miami Vice vault — but not across the board. He does have a fetish for lo-fi outbursts, in this case “My Radiator,” a boisterous early 1960s soul joint with little or no production value, meaning it’s great. Aside from stuff like that, we’re in Top Gun land: “I Hope” and “How Did I Get Through the Day” sound like Wham, for instance. No, I mean really like Wham. A





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