Sometimes you need a record that can make you dance. Sometimes you need a record that can make you think. But oftentimes, you just need a record that can make you smile and feel a little warmth. This sensation is at the heart of Patrick Doyle's solo project, Boys Forever.

But while his debut LP exudes a lo-fi sunniness, Doyle also isn't afraid to take a look at the dark side of life. In this sense, Boys Forever does not exactly set out to be anything radically game changing. Doyle himself has cited the kind of bands you'd expect a sunny-sounding but secretly kind of moody jangle pop band to be compared with -- The Smiths, Belle & Sebastian and so on and so forth.

But just because a sound isn't revolutionary does not mean that it can't be enormously pleasing. Boys Forever is just that. Ten tracks. Thirty minutes. Slick guitar lines, groovy bass, pleasant vocals. This is the kind of record you turn on to get stoned with your friends or make out with a crush. The world is always in need of records like that, especially at the end of a hot and depressing summer when the repressive heat and barrage of bad news almost makes you forget some of life's more innocent joys.

There is something so effortlessly pleasing about songs like 'Voice In My Head' or 'I Don't Remember Your Name.' Doyle may not be the world's most skilled songcrafter but he rights pure songs from the heart. All of these tunes instantly grip your heart right back, but not in a way that requires your undivided attention. Boys Forever is almost built to act as the soundtrack to the end of the dog days, when you just want a lovely track to wrap up the best moments with your friends.

The guitar tones don't change very much and neither do the tempos. Doyle's voice generally keeps within a pretty narrow range. Perhaps some experimentation will be in order for the next Boys Forever record, which he is apparently already crafting. But for now, one cannot help but feel authentic and uncontaminated happiness when listening to something that so unpretentiously and unironically embraces the human experience with such simple and beautiful candor.