The Best Queen Songs of All Time functions – as usual – as our introduction to the music of legendary pop-rock band, Queen. Queen rose out of the ashes of Smile – which Brian May (guitar) and Roger Taylor (drums) formed in university – with Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano) and John Deacon (bass) joining the line-up in 1970 and 1971 respectively.(more…)
The Best ELO Songs of All Time is our concise introduction to the music of the Electric Light Orchestra (aka ELO). The Electric Light Orchestra was formed in 1970 by songwriters-multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. The band was effectively spun out from the final incarnation of the 1960s psych-rock band The Move.(more…)
Steely Dan – Aja is the first to be featured in our new (hopefully) regular feature of classic album reviews. Of course, as usual, what qualifies as a classic album is a matter of opinion and typically, I will highlight albums that I have listened to quite a fair bit in order to ultimately arrive at this particular specific assessment.(more…)
In my recent opinion piece on music appreciation, I opined that music has become less time sensitive in the new media age. So I am starting a new music feature to highlight recommended new (mainly) pop-rock albums on a post-monthly basis. So here it is – Recommended Albums (September 2020). Check them out!(more…)
Since I reviewed his 2017 album, Something/Nothing, English singer-songwriter Nick Frater has been keeping up a steady yearly release schedule with Goodbye Kayfabe (2018), Full Fathom Freight-Train (2019) and his latest Fast & Loose this year. The self-described ‘60s/70s inspired power-pop’ specialist is determinedly prolific, by all accounts.(more…)
I’ll be honest. This new album from The Neighbourhood shook me to the core. Now, this is a proper pop album. Not the shitty 2nd-rate lazy hip-pop that is popular nowadays but an old-school pop album. But with 2020 pop sensibilities. How did this happen?(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 HISTORY | PoP LEGENDS : THE BEATLES SUPER DELUXE EDITIONROCK HISTORY | PoP LEGENDS : THE BEATLES SUPER DELUXE EDITION
After the success of last year’s Sgt Pepper remix reissue, this 50th anniversary edition of my favourite Beatles album was the one to look out for!
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.
It’s impossible to be objective about Bohemian Rhapsody as I have been a Queen fan since 1977.
PoP TV | POP POWER : SHANNON LUKE – “THE SURVEY” (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)PoP TV | POP POWER : SHANNON LUKE – “THE SURVEY” (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)
A rare thing indeed to come across a pop song that addresses the social issues of Singapore but Shannon Luke has done exactly that with his latest single, “The Survey”.
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 | 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 | RETROPOPROCK : NEW ALBUMS FROM PAUL WELLER, PAUL MCCARTNEY, PAUL SIMON AND SUEDEPoP RECOMMENDS | RETROPOPROCK : NEW ALBUMS FROM PAUL WELLER, PAUL MCCARTNEY, PAUL SIMON AND SUEDE
In 2018, retro pop rock still has relevance though probably not for millennials and younger generations. But it matters not. I know that the PoP Faithful will enjoy these releases. Good enough!
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.
PoP20 | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : BRASS BED – MIDNIGHT MATINEE (2008)PoP20 | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : BRASS BED – MIDNIGHT MATINEE (2008)
Continuing our lookback at our publishing history with a decade-old review of Brass Bed!
BRASS BED Midnight Matinee (Self released)
I’m guessing that Brass Bed got their name from Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay but I could be wrong.
Mention Styx online and chances are you are going to be trolled. But for a time, the pop-rock quintet were one of the biggest bands on the planet.
PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE REFUSERS – “DISOBEY”PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE REFUSERS – “DISOBEY”
When Trump became President, there was lots of talk about how resistance to his administration would inspire loads of protest music similar to the 80s with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Has not quite panned out that way, so thank goodness for Seattle’s The Refusers!
PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : KEN SHARP – BEAUTY IN THE BACKSEATPoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : KEN SHARP – BEAUTY IN THE BACKSEAT
The moment one gets into Ken Sharp’s latest album, Beauty in the Backseat, one is transported back to the ’70s, where pop-rock was king of the airwaves.
PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! : BITTERSWEET MACHINES – “ONLY YOU AND ME” SINGLEPoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! : BITTERSWEET MACHINES – “ONLY YOU AND ME” SINGLE
Once again, Bittersweet Machines (a.k.a. Matt Mocharnuk) delivers another potent shot of melodic adrenaline infused with 80s pop-rock sensibilities of the highest order!
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.
THE LISTENING BOOTH | PoP LEGENDS : GENESIS PLAYLISTSTHE LISTENING BOOTH | PoP LEGENDS : GENESIS PLAYLISTS
This month I celebrate the wonderful music of one of my favourite bands – Genesis.
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).