Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969–1971 is the latest retrospective collection of Beach Boys albums which features new track remasters, rare tracks and outtakes from a specific time frame. This time round, the focus is on the two Beach Boys albums that ushered in the Seventies viz. Sunflower and Surf’s Up.(more…)
Tag: Album Review
Continuing our look back at Power of Pop posts published before our move to WordPress in 2008. Here’s a review from 2006 featuring the wonderful David Gilmour solo album, On An Island.(more…)
Elton John Jewel Box is the latest retrospective collection to be released in recent times. As with other similar products, Elton John Jewel Box is not for casual music fans but for the diehard Elton John fans out there.(more…)
Elvis Costello – The Complete Armed Forces is a retrospective collection curated by Elvis Costello himself centred on Costello’s 1979 album with The Attractions, Armed Forces. If nothing else, Armed Forces is a personal landmark as the LP was the first Elvis Costello LP I picked up all those years ago.(more…)
A review of Hotel Mira – Perfectionism follows.
Vancouver trio, Hotel Mira, returns with its first full-length album, a collection of songs brimming with musical confidence and melodic bravado that belies the simmering anxiety of singer-songwriter Charlie Kerr’s personal challenges.(more…)
A review of Bill Lloyd – Working the Long Game.
Bill Lloyd returns with a smart new album that will appeal to the PoP Faithful with its sophisticated take on Power Pop Rock N Roll. Lloyd is a Nashville based songwriter, musician, recording artist and producer who is most often remembered as half of the late ‘80’s RCA country-rock duo, Foster and Lloyd.(more…)
PoP RECOMMENDS : FLEET FOXES – FIRST COLLECTION 2006 – 2009PoP RECOMMENDS : FLEET FOXES – FIRST COLLECTION 2006 – 2009
Lost within the hype, attention and brouhaha over the 50th anniversary re-issue of The Beatles “White Album”, is First Collection 2006 – 2009, a retrospective on the early Fleet Foxes recordings.
ROCK’S NOT DEAD — YOU ARE!!! THE CASTOR TROYS – LEGENDS NEVER DIE (EP)ROCK’S NOT DEAD — YOU ARE!!! THE CASTOR TROYS – LEGENDS NEVER DIE (EP)
Hard rock revival? I fuckin’ hope so! Add another band to the burgeoning list – Ontario’s The Castor Troys.
PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! SPIRIT AWARD – MUTED CROWDPoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! SPIRIT AWARD – MUTED CROWD
Seattle new wave revivalists Spirit Award are back with a new album, Muted Crowd.
Aussie indie pop starlet San Mei returns with a new EP, Heaven.
PoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS – LOOK NOWPoP 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!
PoP RECOMMENDS | ALT-ROCK : LUNARIN – INTO THE ETHERPoP RECOMMENDS | ALT-ROCK : LUNARIN – INTO THE ETHER
Our beloved rock music is much more than the number of Instagram likes or Youtube views or Spotify plays. It is all about heart and soul.
PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : MOLLY BURCH – FIRST FLOWERPoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : MOLLY BURCH – FIRST FLOWER
There is a pleasing new wave of music artists taking the bold step of making ‘real’ music again. The old-fashioned way, so to speak. Like Texas-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch.
PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : RESTORATIONS – LP5000PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : RESTORATIONS – LP5000
Philly indie rockers Restorations return from a 4 year hiatus to deliver a powerful new album, LP5000.
PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : MCPHERSON GRANT – SONGPoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : MCPHERSON GRANT – SONG
Songwriting duo Scott McPherson and Jamie Grant present a debut album that lives up to its name.
PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : WHITE DENIM – PERFORMANCEPoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : WHITE DENIM – PERFORMANCE
White Denim are back with yet another collection of iconoclastic rock ‘n’ roll songs!
PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : HUX & THE HITMEN – SOGGY OXYGENPoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : HUX & THE HITMEN – SOGGY OXYGEN
Faithful visitors to Power of Pop will know how much I am a fan of the music of young singer/songwriter/guitarist Huxley Rittman.
PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : THE JAYHAWKS – RAINY DAY MUSIC (2003)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 this, their first album with the Lost Highway label (also home of that other alt-country standard bearer, Ryan Adams).
PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE LEMON TWIGS – GO TO SCHOOLPoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE LEMON TWIGS – GO TO SCHOOL
Risk-taking is such a rare thing in the contemporary music scene, that when it does happen it hits us like a lightning bolt!
PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – ZOOM (2001)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.
PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HOTEL MIRA – S/T EPPoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HOTEL MIRA – S/T EP
After teasing a couple of excellent singles (“Ginger Ale” and “Baby” in particular), the debut EP of Vancouver’s Hotel Mira has dropped today.
PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : BIRD STREETS – S/TPoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : BIRD STREETS – S/T
My favourite music revels in eclecticism – taking basic building blocks and constructing wildly imaginative creations that impress and surprise even the most jaded of music experts.
PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : DOT DASH – PROTO RETROPoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : DOT DASH – PROTO RETRO
I have previously covered the music of DC power trio Dot Dash and will always be pleased to do so as they competently encapsulate everything Power of Pop stands for.
PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : LIVINGMORE – IT’S ALL HAPPENING EPPoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : LIVINGMORE – IT’S ALL HAPPENING EP
There’s a slinky 60s pop vibe around L.A. band Livingmore that is simply irresistible.