A nice little gem showed up in my inbox recently. Sam Page "Breach". Sam has a nice pop sensibility woven with indie attitude.
The opening track "I Don't Want To Think About Her Anymore" opens up the album nicely with an immediate guitar hook and catchy chorus. The trend continues with "Hold On"and "Now I Know". (the latter opening with an acoustic guitar hook) "Crush/Loving You" starts as a ballad, yet switches gears into a rocker, transitioning seamlessly between the two.
The song "Pheromones" is perhaps my biggest listening frustration on the album. Witty lyrics, but the music doesn't really take off until the last quarter of the song. The first 3/4 only includes guitars/bass and a little percussion. If I weren't reviewing the album and I were just a casual listener, I would've given up and hit "next" before realizing the song picked up.
"A Little Love" picks things up again with great harmonies and another catchy chorus.
"Take It Easy" is my personal favorite of the album. Lots of attitude coupled with hooks and power chords. It's very reminiscent of the 80's alternative scene and groups like The Starjets or a more rocking Knack. If you only check out one song from this album, this would be the one. If it were me, I'd have opened the album with this track!
"Thinking About Thinking Of You" is what I would consider the most forgettable track which never seems to really go anywhere, but still, it is listenable.
Ironically, "Hello" ends the album as the last track. Another song that starts as a ballad, but morphs into a rocking number at the end. The transition doesn't morph as smoothly this time, but it's still a nice track.
Overall, a very enjoyable album that has been played over and over in my car for a couple of weeks now. Great driving music.
The positives: Great hooks, crunchy guitars, nice harmonies and often clever lyrics. Sam is a nice songwriter and he knows the limitations of his voice and doesn't over-reach.
The negatives: If I had to offer any criticism, it would be minor. I would say that the drummer could have lightened up on the use of the crash cymbals. A few songs contained far too many which compromised some of the crispness of the songs.
Click on the picture below to go to Sam's page. The digital download of his album is only 6.99 and my personal favorite "Take It Easy" is a FREE download. Check it out. Tell him Powerpopulation sent you!
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From the opening licks of "I Woke Up", you know you are in for a treat. If these songs were loaded into a time machine and transported back to the early/mid 60's, they would most likely dominate the garage/pop movement of that time.
Highlights for me are "I Woke Up", "Til I'm Gone", "Out Of Love", and "She's The Kind Of Girl", just to name a few.
If I absolutely HAD to pick some aspect I didn't care for, it would be minor. "I Can't Hide" was a song I kept waiting to build up, but it never did, it stayed the same throughout, so it was rather anti-climatic, and the harmony in "In The End" seemed a little odd in some places, but like I said, only minor details.
I highly recommend picking this up from the band, and tell 'em Powerpopulation sent you!!
Click HERE or on the photo to be taken to Trolley's Band Camp page for purchase.
I'll keep this short and sweet. 4 out of 5 stars! Modern Rock/Pop with definite power pop sensibilities, and even has a little bit of an 80's feel in a couple of spots. For some reason, the track "Delay, Delay" brought to mind Modern English.
Lots of hooks here, and just as the title suggests, it's Funtimes!
(WARNING: explicit words on "Hand On Heart". Maybe more, but that's the only one I noticed as I was listening through the first time)
It's with pleasure I recommend to you the new Indie release from DangerMaker. "Black Dream" fits in nicely with anyone's power pop collection. While probably not technically 'powerpop', the melodies and instrumentation sometimes remind you of the feel of 60's pop. This is not a retro group, however, by any means. A modern rock foundation with pop sensibilities.
The instrumentation is intriguing. It pulls you in and keeps you listening. There is a cohesive sound, yet the sound is not redundant. This is an album I can listen to from start to finish without skipping a track. My only complaint is that it ended too soon......
The release date is in just a few days, go by and preorder yours now!
Visit the band's Band Camp page and pick this one up! PowerPopulation recommends!