2019 Big Stir Records
In late 2016 I received an email from an artist that I had never heard of. In 2018, I finally opened that email.
I had missed out on two years of fantastic music from Germany’s pop wunderkind Kai Danzberg. Thankfully I was able to get in on the fun that was his 2018 release, Pop-Up Radio.
On February 1, 2019 Danzberg will be releasing his next album, Not Only Sunshine, through Big Stir Records. The album features guest appearances by Lisa Mychols, Roger Joseph Manning Jr, Dana Countryman and David Myhr.
Starting off with an homage to the Beach Boys’ “Our Prayer,” the title track “Not Only Sunshine” sets the mood for an hour of Pop bliss. “My Beautiful Day” follows, with help from fellow Pop master Dana Countryman. After hearing this track, as well as Danzberg’s contributions to Countryman’s Cabaret of Love album, I am convinced that these two could create a monster of a Pop masterpiece if they wanted to make a full album together.
The next track, “Nothing in My Head” features the fantastic David Myhr. Myhr’s bridge vocals lift the song to a new height. This is the type of song that you’ll start singing along with even before you know the words. Lullaby tones start off “Turn Away” which slowly lead to Danzberg’s vocal intro. At that point he hands the vocal duties over to the legendary Roger Joseph Manning Jr. It’s no secret that Danzberg is a Jellyfish fan and having Manning sing this song was a perfect idea. To be honest, I listened to this track several times before moving on to the next. It’s just that great.
Danzberg taps into his Michael Jackson influence on the dance track “Reach You Somehow.” I’m no dancer, but this song had me moving.
The acoustic “Empty Room” is a nice break from the high energy of the first half of the album. There are some great vocal tricks in this song and you’ll want to get cozy with your headphones on.
The tempo kicks back up with “Your Shiny Eyes” which brings up more images of Jellyfish, although as if Brian Wilson was behind the board.
The album also features “Let Me Know,” a duet with Pop songstress Lisa Mychols. This song was released as a single by Big Stir Records on November 9, 2018 and it perfectly blends the vocal styling of both artists.
To say that Not Only Sunshine is a triumph for Kai Danzberg would be putting it mildly. There is something for all Pop fans on this album, and I strongly recommend that you add it to your collection
Kai Danzberg’s Not Only Sunshine is available for pre-sale now through Big Stir Records and is scheduled for a February 1, 2019 release.
Adam A. Waltemire
Pop Garden Radio