The Explorers Club entice listeners to be born again by music

The Explorers Club’s Jason Brewer is something of a ‘60s sunshine pop mensch, and he proves his mettle on this fine album of a collection of period covers.
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The Explorers Club

THE EXPLORERS CLUB
TO SING AND BE BORN AGAIN
Goldstar (CD, LP)

Genre: ‘60s AM pop

The Explorers Club’s Jason Brewer is something of a ‘60s sunshine pop mensch, and he proves his mettle on this fine collection of period covers. Alternating between Top 40 smashes (“The Turtles’ “She’d Rather Be With Me,” Paul Revere and the Raiders’ “Kicks”) and slightly more obscure selections (The Zombies’ “Maybe After He’s Gone,” Orpheus’ “Can’t Find the Time”), each of the 10 tracks presented here is exquisitely executed and beautifully sung. Among those assisting Brewer with vocal duties are Jeff Celentano, Shane Tutmarc, and, on one song each, Barenaked Ladies co-founder Steven Page and Jay Gonzalez of Drive-By Truckers. To Sing… is a cut above most covers albums due to the almost religious reverence for the material and wild-card additions such as Danny Hutton’s pre-Three Dog Night single “Roses and Rainbows.”

— John M. Borack

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