With the number of review requests increasing and writers’ contributions diminishing, I have decided to revive Blurb-O-Rama – capsule reviews of albums which might not otherwise have seen light of day in Power of Pop.

SKELETON STAFF Solipsism (Self-released)

This Aussie band is adept at channeling the “ghosts” of David Bowie, XTC and Crowded House. With cartoon characters and tongue-in-cheek humor, Skeleton Staff aim to tickle your funny bone whilst delivering classic pop hi-jinks. So melodies are paramount, with jaunty rhythms a top priority. Will definitely put a smile on your face. Highlights – If You’ll Be My Adam, One Million Shirtsleeves, Compromise. Myspace

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JULIE CHRISTMAS The Bad Wife (Rising Pulse)

Christmas is probably best known as the lead singer of noise-rock group Made Out of Babies (think: Jesus Lizard, Nine Inch Nails) but on this debut solo album, Christmas stretches her repertoire to include more classical-folk-operatic stylings. Recalling Yoko Ono, Bjork, Kate Bush and Lydia Lunch with noticeable metal edges, The Bad Wife is not for the faint-hearted but rewarding for discerning rock fans who like to be shocked. Highlights – Bow, Six Pairs of Feet and One Pair of Legs, I Just Destroyed the World. Myspace

MIKE VIOLA Lurch (Good Morning Monkey)

Singer-songwriter Viola may be better known for his associations than his solo projects – like singing That Thing You Do (on the film soundtrack) or writing songs for Mandy Moore. But there’s no doubt that the sophistication and craft he imbues in his 60s channeling music is worth acknowledging. Fans of Elvis Costello, Neil Finn and the Barenaked Ladies will dig his latest solo album, Lurch. Highlights – Girly Worm, 279 East 10th Street, The Strawberry Blonde. Official Site

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