Pop has become a pretty widely cast net these days. That's why one has to be careful when labelling Mark Christopher Donovan. It's Pop music, but Pop for the thinking man; Buckley's yearning voice with a twinge of hope in "I Won't Leave You Alone", Benson's brilliant wordplay and eclectic instrumentation in "One Better Than Descartes". It's Donovan's ability to make completely accessable and flawlessly mature songs that makes Petty Cash a Pop keepsake - when others are padding with filler, Petty Cash is a tasteful 6 tracks of all killer. From the bright telecaster riffs and catchy hooks of the title track through to the pensive acoustic swing of closer "Come Back and Talk", complete with Italian Marinucci organ. Check out the vocal work in "Send Me Out a Line" - harmonies layer upon strum-along guitars, glockenspiel and superbly shuffling bass lines; as if Brian Wilson met Richard Swift round a campfire. Petty Cash is Pop music perfectly crafted to precision, the way it should be.
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