"Though it would be filed under indie-rock in a record store, and despite the relative rockingness of some of the 10 tracks here, the album makes a pretty strong argument that Toporek could pass as a traditional singer-songwriter if he chose that route. Instead, he’s got a great band—Andrew Bates, Tommy Cormier and Ryan Slater—fleshing out his songs, which vary greatly in mood and feel, but still manage to sound of a piece.
Have Some Fun opens with “I Just Wanna Know,” a midtempo winner that comes with a slight twang, though it would never be mistaken for country. With its religious imagery, “The Second Coming” is a sequel of sorts to “Come on, the Cross,” and a worthy one, with Toporek singing, “Well, man makes plans, and God just laughs / That’s the way it’s gonna be / The second coming of the Lord will tell you anything.” The deceptively titled “The Story of Woody Allen and Mia Farrrow” relates the tale of “the belle of every CYO dance” with a nifty, dirty guitar break; it builds layers as it progresses.
Elsewhere, “Helpless Child” is slinky but not quite funky; “Raincloud” is a ballad with a slightly retro vibe, residing on the corner where the ‘50s and ‘70s shake hands and make friends; “Lyin’ in the Sun” opens as an exercise in minimalism before taking on a solo John Lennon vibe.
The album, which was recorded and mixed by Toporek himself, sounds great and makes a fine argument that “Come on, the Cross” was no fluke."
-Stephen Seigel, The Tucson Weekly
The sound is full-bodied, at once cinematic and gritty, polished and humble. A pause in a song feels like the moment in a movie right before the hero sees his beloved in a crowded train station — full of barely suppressed anticipation and energy. Sometimes Toporek croons, hitting every note dead-on without the whine so often heard in rockers' voices. Sometimes you'll see a vein or two popping out in his neck while the band belts it out. Either way, it's damn good.
-Kathleen Roosa, The Daily Wildcat
released 10 December 2010
Written, recorded, and mixed by Zachary Toporek.
Mastered by Fen Ikner.
Andrew Bates plays bass on all but tracks 7 & 10.
Tommy Cormier sings back ups on track 10.
Zachary Toporek plays the rest.
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