Friday, October 18, 2013

In The Meantime...

I've got some reviews I'm working on from recent submissions, but in the meantime, I had my 30 Year HS reunion.  I put together a band to play some of the old 80's tunes and had a great time!  In reflection, I also wrote a song about re-thinking our attitudes from when we were young and in school, and how they've changed over the years.  This song is available at my band camp page for you to check out.

Please click the link below to listen and download if you like!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rare Sealed Hot Dates LP for sale on Ebay

RARE Hot Dates LP has shown up for sale on Ebay. And it's STILL SEALED!

For those interested, click on the photo, or follow this link:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Propeller- Don't Be Sorry, Again

New album from the group Propeller!

Fun, pop rock & Powerpop.  Energetic music.

The album opens with the song "Gone Too Far", and while a decent enough song, didn't feel to me like a "first track album opener".  The second track "Nothing" opens with guitar riffs and hand-claps, and is one I probably would've used as an album opener. (hand-claps are ALWAYS an attention-getter)

Some other highlights include "Never Going Back (To You)", "She's Out There", and "Summer Songs". The ladder has both "summer" and "radio" in the lyrics so two sure fired PowerPop attention getter "buzzwords" are put to good use.

Overall a good album. If I had to choose something constructive to critique I would say the lead vocal could use a little diversity.  The whisper like quality of the lead singer's voice is fine, but with it never changing, it can tend to make the listener mistake one song for another after a full listen to the album. That, however, is only a very minor critique. Still fully recommended! Don't be sorry, pick it up!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sam Page "Breach"

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!

When you check out Sam's music, come back to Powerpopulation and rate the album below!


Saturday, February 9, 2013

"Taking My Time" Plus Many Bonus Tracks- $5

Digital Album

Immediate download of 26-track album in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

Buy Now  $5 USD


 Taking My Time cover art