New Yorkers Barney Miller and his good friend John Laprade are both singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist and as Astro Chicken they released their new album Different Town this week, digitally and on vinyl LP via DETOX Recordings. They deserve a podium just for their optimistic song Good Times Are Coming. Barney explains: “As Beatle George said, ‘All Things Must Pass’. It’s a sentiment that helped get me though the past year. It’s gotten me through personal issues. Family, work. Almost anything. The fact is that whatever bad is happening in your life or in the world, it will not last.” You can see this record as a settlement with the dark year we all just lived through. Fortunately: “Nothing lasts forever, but love comes close.” And: “I still got you, and I’m still here too.” So many beautiful lyrics and strong songs on this poppy, accessible rock album. As long as this kind of good music is being made, there is hope.
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