"West Of Wonder"
By Sally A.Schwartz
SunStone is the creation of
guitarist and bassist Josh Roach, who, by day, he is
the chief technology officer for his company Boost
Academy. The band includes vocalist Jon Campos,
drummer James Raub and pianist Barry Dubis and has
recently released the effort, "West of Wonder."
I loved the graphics of the
album cover right off the bat and they also gave clues
to Roach's inspiration, which appears to include The
Black Crowes, and Jethro Tull. When I heard the track,
"Refuge," I half-expected vocalist Chris Robinson from
the Black Crowes to jump out of my speakers and take
over with "She Talks to Angels." You can again hear
the influence of The Black Crowes in "Leave This
Town." Iím not sure if this is a good thing or a bad
My favorite tracks from "West
of Wonder" are "Feels like Love Again," "Mojo Groove"
and "Little Miss Sassy." I do like the funk of
"Moroccan Twilight," but it is very similar to Led
Zeppelinís "Immigrant Song"-- how similar is the
I enjoyed the southern rock/
blues feel of the album and love Campos' voice, as it
is very fitting for the style of the effort. Raub,
Dubis and background vocalists Beth Roach and Amber
Dewar round out the album with a robust quality,
lending their individual applications to the full body
sound of this release. In the end, Iím still deciding
what it is I truly like about "West of Wonder" and
what I wish might have been different to showcase the
creative musical individuality of SunStone.