PoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS – LOOK NOW

EC fans received a bit of a scare after the singer-songwriter cancelled a clutch of live dates due to ill health. But news of his recovery and the release of Look Now – one of Costello’s best albums of recent times – must have cheered diehard followers!

PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : THE JAYHAWKS – RAINY DAY MUSIC (2003)

Blast from the distant PoP past – 15 years on… THE JAYHAWKS Rainy Day Music (Lost Highway/American) After the greater pop emphasis of Sound of Lies and Smile, the Jayhawks return to the roots rock approach of their earlier albums (especially Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass) with Continue Reading

PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – ZOOM (2001)

An ELO review from 2001! If the announcement of a new ELO album, after a 15-year absence, raised eyebrows, then the realisation that Zoom is essentially Jeff Lynne playing everything caused many brows to furrow.

PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : XTC – COAT OF MANY CUPBOARDS (2002)

Continuing our look back at our review history. Here’s one from 2002! XTC Coat of Many Cupboards (Virgin) Be warned! This 4-CD box is NOT for neophytes but for the diehard fans who can’t wait to get their grubby hands on any XTC material.

PoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : SIMPLE MINDS – WALK BETWEEN WORLDS [REVIEW]

When you consider how obsessed the current modern rock scene is with the 80s New Romantic/Big Music vibe, it makes perfect sense for Simple Minds to freshen up their sound by going back to a tried and tested formula.

BOOK REVIEW | PoP LEGENDS : BILLY JOEL BY FRED SCHRUERS [GOODREADS]

Billy Joel by Fred Schruers My rating: 3 of 5 stars The biggest question when thinking of Billy Joel is – why hasn’t he released a new album in 20 over years? This biography does not seem to answer that question satisfactorily. This makes the final third rather difficult to Continue Reading

PoP LEGENDS : RUSH – A FAREWELL TO KINGS (40TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION) [REVIEW]

The Canadian rock trio Rush have always evoked polarising views. Some folks found the band viz. Geddy Lee – (vocals, bass, keyboards); Alex Lifeson – (guitar); Neil Peart (drums), somewhat pretentious, obnoxious with Lee’s high pitched vocals an annoyance whilst others (present company included) revered them as virtuoso progressive rock Continue Reading