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Aaron Sprinkle, Real Life
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Aaron Sprinkle
Real Life



Artist Info: Discography
Genre(s): Pop
Album length: 10 tracks: 34 minutes, 59 seconds
Street Date: March 24, 2017
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The Sprinkle family are legends in the Christian music industry. I don't think anyone could've thought that either Aaron or Jesse would have the careers they've had when two kids started Poor Old Lu in the early 90's. Aaron Sprinkle is renowned as a producer, with countless album credits to his name, but is also a talented musician, singer and songwriter. Real Life is Aaron's latest solo effort and is a pop album with a heavy 80's synth-pop feel -- very much the vibe you get when looking at the picture on the album cover. While the old school synths are strong on this one, the album still has the ability to resonate with a younger generation of pop music fans as Sprinkle is a master at putting together great sounding songs. On top of mixing some really solid sounds, Aaron also invited a fairly diverse crowd of guest vocalists like Elle Puckett (Poema) and Matty Mullins (Memphis May Fire) in to sing on Real Life. "Never Alone" and "Step Here" represent the more fun sounding pop tracks, while "Not Listening" offers an extremely catchy acoustic number and "I Don't Know Who You Are," featuring Stephanie Skipper, gives the listener a more serious and introspective side of things -- the latter two tracks are two of the best on the album. Pop fans should find plenty to be happy about with Real Life. While it's definitely influenced sonically by a past generation, Sprinkle manages to keep it fresh and interesting. While this isn't the best album Aaron Sprinkle has attached his name to, it does sound great and is something he should be proud to have written. Real Life just goes to prove that, although 90's culture is starting to resurface today, the 80's revival still isn't over just yet. - 3/21/17, Michael Weaver of Jesusfreakhideout.com


Outline



    Aaron Sprinkle's Real Life is both youthful and sensible, energetic and subdued, adventurous and conscientious. This collection of polarities are likely what keep a tracklist of 80s-sounding synths and pop clichés from growing tiresome. As one would expect from Tooth and Nail's legendary producer, the album is expertly mixed and the electronic colors that Sprinkle combines work stylistically. The cover art and somewhat juvenile lyrics accurately point to the light-hearted fun that pervades these tunes, but it is also understandable if listeners desire a deeper experience from one of Christian music's most seasoned veterans. - 3/14/17, Mason Haynie


    Aaron Sprinkle has been both the artist and the producer for many years. As the artist, he's spent most of his time in the world of alternative music, but his solo albums have drifted toward electronic and pop music. Real Life is a solid set of these pop tunes that bear more resemblance to Fair than to Poor Old Lu; in fact, a track like "Not Listening" would have almost no trouble sneaking on to a Fair record. "Invincible" is a great opener with a dancey beat and a strong appearance from Elle Puckett (Poema, Eisley). Speaking of Eisley, the title track features said band's lead singer Sherri Dupree-Bemis and her husband Max Bemis for what ends up being the clear-cut lead single. Mild dubstep and 80s pop synth dominate and it's just gorgeous. I'm also fond of the Middle Eastern sounds of "Step Here," which tend to get stuck in my head for a long while. Aaron Sprinkle is a master of the craft, and Real Life is easy to put on repeat. In fact, I recommend it. - 4/11/17, Scott Fryberger of Jesusfreakhideout.com


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. Record Label: Tooth & Nail Records
. Album length: 10 tracks: 34 minutes, 59 seconds
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  1. Invincible (feat. Elle Puckett) (3:34)
  2. Washed Up (2:56)
  3. Never Alone (3:00)
  4. Real Life (feat. Sherri Dupree-Bemis and Max Bemis) (3:54)
  5. Not Listening (3:49)
  6. Someday (feat. Matty Mullins) (3:13)
  7. Steady (3:26)
  8. I Don't Know Who You Are (feat. Stephanie Skipper) (4:49)
  9. Step Here (3:25)
  10. Wander (2:53)

 

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