indie-only teal colored vinyl version - The sophomore album In Plain Sight from the Chicago based singer songwriter Neal Francis is a mix of 70’s radio friendly, piano driven rock and roll and tripped out jam rock. For In Plain Site Francis was inspired by the church he found himself living in, writing and recording the majority of the songs in this unique living arrangement.
Francis is supported by his touring band mates on the album, Kellen Boersma on guitar, bassist Mike Starr and drummer Collin O’Brien who recorded completely analog. It was produced by Sergio Rios who worked with Francis on his debut and mixed by Dave Fridmann as the retro rock sounds ring out clearly throughout.
On In Plain Sight Francis delivers upbeat songs while lyrically dealing with emotional pain, writing about struggles with relationships, sobriety, lots of tears, and a touch of cliché; on every song he seems to be sorry about something. Opener “Alameda Apartments” deals with getting kicked out of a girlfriend’s apartment via Francis’ Elton John inspired style of over-vamped instrumentation. The synths and 70’s disco kick up on the handclap laden “Problems”, the slick Jamiroquai sounding “BNYLV” and bass bumping album closer “Say Your Prayers”.
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