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.

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 | JEREMY – GLOW IN THE DARK (2008)

Continuing our look back at the Power of Pop archives…with a review from Sherwin Tay.  JEREMY Glow In The Dark (Jam) A “theatre of the mind” would be an appropriate approximation of Jeremy’s music; a whirring coalescence of Pink Floyd, shot through a tunnel of Tangerine Dream(s) lined with smidgens Continue Reading

PoP20 | SUPERHERO FILM : THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)

Christopher Nolan’s game-changing Dark Knight is a decade old! Here’s my contemporaneous review.  It makes a whole lot of sense that the second film in Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the Batman franchise is called The Dark Knight. After all, Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns revived the moribund comic book industry Continue Reading

PoP20 | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : P. HUX – KISS THE MONSTER (2008)

10 year old review!  P. HUX Kiss the Monster (Nine 18) My 1st encounter with P. Hux came in the unlikeliest places. A discount CD store somewhere in a Sydney suburb in 1997. That’s where I found Deluxe, which I consider to be one of the finer power pop albums in Continue Reading

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.

PoP20 | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE ROSENBERGS – MISSION : YOU (2001)

Another blast from the past out of the PoP archives. One of our favourite albums of 2001! THE ROSENBERGS Mission: You [DGM] The Rosenbergs have created a bit of brouhaha with their turning down a spot on Jimmy (Iovine) and Doug’s (Morris) Farmclub.com due to unfavorable contractual terms in favor Continue Reading

PoP20 | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE BEATIFICS – THE WAY WE NEVER WERE (2003)

From 2003, a review of The Beatifics’ excellent album, The Way We Never Were, taken from the previous incarnation of Power of Pop (at tripod.com, no less!) THE BEATIFICS The Way We Never Were (Bus Stop) I’ve always loved 60s/70s styled melodic guitar pop. To me, there’s nothing that comes close Continue Reading

PoP20 | POP POWER!!! : EPICYCLE – JINGO JANGLE [2008]

EPICYCLE Jingo Jangle (Cirkle) Sad to say but I believe that the powerpop genre has been going through a slump for some time now. With the odd notable exceptions, there has not been a genuine powerpop masterpiece this side of the millennium and even since perhaps Jellyfish’s Spilt Milk.

PoP20 | POWER OF POP INTERVIEW – IMOGEN HEAP (2011)

You’re coming back to Singapore! What was it like playing in Singapore 1st time around? Well, it was very brief sadly. We didn’t really see much of the town but looking forward to coming back this time and spending a little bit more time there. It was one of the Continue Reading

PoP20 | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : FLEET FOXES – S/T (2008)

FLEET FOXES Self-titled (Sub Pop) This is probably one of the toughest reviews I’ve ever written. Ever since I first listened to this debut full-length from Seattle’s Fleet Foxes, I’ve been wondering how in the world I would be able to string together a couple (or more) sentences that would Continue Reading