Personnel: Colin Hay (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonium, tambourine); Michael Georgiades (guitar, background vocals); George Marinelli (guitar); Toshi Yanagi (electric guitar); Fred Kron (strings, piano, harmonium, organ, keyboards); Mark Jordan (piano, Wurlitzer organ); Shannon Forrest (drums, percussion); Charlie Paxson, Gregg Bissonette (drums); Luis Conte (congas, percussion); Chad Fischer (bongos, background vocals); Juan Pablo Fallucca, Cecilia Noël (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Juan Pablo Fallucca.
Recording information: Compass Sound Studio, Nashville, TN; The Washroom, Topanga, CA.
Photographers: Beth Herzhaft; Robert Hakalski.
Continuing with the sound an spirit of his new millennium Californian makeover, 2009's American Sunshine picks up the thread from 2007's Are You Lookin' at Me?, offering a cheerfully mellow collection of easy rolling folk-pop. Hay's touch remains light, never pushing either his melodies or his wry quips yet relying on them both to fuel these gently charming songs. He remains infatuated with what happens under the Southern Californian sun, whether it's rhapsodizing over the state itself or cherishing a flirtation with a shop girl, and it's easy to share his affections thanks to his easy, tasteful tunes. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine