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THE SKIES OF AMERICA
ALLMUSIC review, 2006

One gets the feeling that the Skies of America wouldn't mind at all seeing a list of influences alongside their own name. After all, what self-respecting alt-pop band would balk at being tossed into the same bin as Cheap Trick, Crowded House, T. Rex, Squeeze, Small Faces, Mick Ronson, Badfinger (whose "Come and Get It" they cover faithfully and commendably), Rockpile, the Raspberries, Oasis, a little bit of Who and, really, peak-era Peter Frampton, whose voice Skies' founding singer/guitarist/bassist/pianist Robert Bonfiglio (formerly of '90s rockers Wanderlust) occasionally resembles.
The appropriately titled Shine percolates with chunky guitar chords and piercing leads, Mike Fisher's swirling keys (from B-3 to Moog) and stately cello, layered vocals and lockstep classic rock rhythms. But more than anything it delivers tightly structured, deliciously hooky, ultra-melodic pop songs that sound at once cozily familiar and refreshingly fresh. Formerly called Better Days, the Skies of America are proudly positive at a time when the mope is king, but not in a goopy sort of way: Dig a little beneath the surface and you're likely to find things aren't always so shiny. If classic rock radio wasn't all but dead, the only difficulties DJs would have would be deciding which of these effusively powerhouse mini-anthems not to play.

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released October 21, 2006

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Rob Bonfiglio Los Angeles, California

Rob Bonfiglio - indie pop/rock singer/songwriter with a soulful bent reflecting his Philly roots.

Solo albums include FREEWAY (2014), MEA CULPA (2013), BRING ON THE HAPPY (2009), SHINE (as 'The Skies Of America') (2006).

Also guitarist/songwriter/producer with multi-platinum pop act WILSON PHILLIPS; guitarist & co-conspirator for former RCA power-pop band WANDERLUST.
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