Sunny Levine Love Rhino - XLR8R

Sunny Levine Love Rhino

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The "love" part of this album's title is obvious, but the "rhino" might need some explanation. Singer-songwriter Sunny Levine wrote these songs after a failed relationship, hence the rhino metaphor: He's a tough-skinned creature who keeps on keepin' on. Though Levine has produced for a range of artists (Pete Yorn, Hugh Masekela) and comes from a musical family (Quincy Jones is his grandfather), this disc, his debut full-length, lacks depth, with stunningly dull lyrics straight from your seventh-grade journal. His idiosyncratic rock, mixing organic and electronic elements, isn't strong enough to make up for his lack of perspective or his pedestrian writing. As a producer, he's an old hand, but as a musician, he just sounds immature.