Norb Payr – Sunday Mornings (2011)

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When he’s not busy laying down boss freakbeat sounds with his band the Jaybirds, Norb Payr travels the solo route. A man of diversified talents, he writes songs, sings and plays several different instruments. And what’s more is that the Austria resident is incredibly accomplished at each and every task.

Norb’s latest album Sunday Mornings, issued by Pumpkin Records, mines roots rock territory with phenomenal results. Carpeted wall to wall with interesting and engaging content and imagery, the record covers a lot of moods and miles, ranging from melancholic to joyful to introspective.

A charming country pop-ambience dictates most of Sunday Mornings, with tunes like “Take Me For a Ride,” “Ride on the Train,” and “It Will Take No Time” rating as a few of the picks to clicks. The pedal steel guitars glisten with clarity, the mandolin work is spellbinding, and Norb’s vocals are clear and strong. Wrapped in brooding textures, the haunting “Captain John” gains praise as another shining jewel featured on “Sunday Mornings,” while the fun and plucky “Liverpool” stirs up memories of the Kinks at their vaudeville best.

SAMPLE NORB PAYR’S ‘IT WILL TAKE NO TIME’ …
It will take no time by Norb Payr

The sigh of a bluesy harp, the organic strumming of acoustic guitars and the tinkling tones of a piano are additional furnishings benefiting the rich and bracing cuts on the album. Sharing a kinship with folks like Buffalo Springfield, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Gene Clark, Norb manages to instill his own bright ideas into his material, charging the songs with an original twist and a present day quality.

Sparkling with beauty and heartfelt revelations, Sunday Mornings is an exceptional recording and should make Norb the star he deserves to be.

Listen to more from Norb Payr’s Sunday Mornings here.

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Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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