On Ringo Starr's 1973 ditty "Oh My My," the Beatle challenged listeners with "Can you move? Can you slide? You can boogie if you try." On OneRepublic's fourth outing of the same name, there's plenty of boogie to inspire even the heaviest of hearts. The band hasn't broken stride following its 2013 hit album Native – which went platinum in eight countries and spawned no less than six hit singles – continuing an unstoppable flow of bright anthems designed to comfort and uplift. The Native world tour would set the stage for the creation of Oh My My, which was written and recorded all over the globe.
Although he doesn't totally transcend his Stevie Ray Vaughan/Hendrix influences, Chris Duarte attempts to progress beyond them – occasionally – on his fourth release, Romp. Kicking off with the greasy Junior Kimbrough-penned title track, he then moves into a sizzling Hendrix-fueled instrumental, "101," which shows his hot-dog guitar prowess but could have been on any of his previous discs. Similarly, the flashy "Like Eric" doesn't hide the fact that if you wanted to hear Eric Johnson, you'd buy an Eric Johnson album. Things finally settle into a more unique groove on "My My." Here his haunting Hendrix-styled distorted fuzz tone nudges a mechanical beat that's creepy and edgy. Better still is a version of Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee," the album's six-minute centerpiece that transforms the original into a dreamy, ominous ode, utilizing near spoken lyrics against a subtle and stark backing.