Category Archives: pop-rock

Blue Room (re-mix) –  Jonathan Cavier (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If previous releases such as When You Come Around and Comes a Moment have shown Cavier to be the master of accessible, expertly wrought, commercially viable pop-rock, this re-mix of Blue Room from the recent album of the same name … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard –  CCXXVI :  Circles – Blue Apollo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Most music that is doing something new, nudging the ball forward, exists at a collision point of influences. After all a band made up of four Bon Jovi fans  (shudders at the thought) is hardly going to reinvent the wheel, … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXXIII : Scatter Me –  TC&I  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There have been many songs about what Mr Shakespeare so eloquently refered to as “shuffling off this mortal coil” and it is part of the human experience to muse on what happens after we are done with this life, but … Continue reading

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Sons of Rage/West Sierra – The Decrees (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If the art of good rock music is taking a robust sound and lacing it through with infectious melodies and memorable hooks and the art of great pop music is to aim higher than the short shelf life teen market … Continue reading

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The Exit –  Nir  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When you start throwing around terms such as “pop,” “rock” and “ballad” in close proximity to each other, it will conjure up images of the worst kind of stadium cliche and anthemic excesses. They are more often than not songs … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXXII : Boneyard –  Alice and The Lovers

Having last crossed my path with their debut single Valentine a couple of years ago, it is only fitting that Alice and The Lovers are back on the radar with an equally seasonal song, this time one which slots right … Continue reading

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Shake, Rattle and Roll – Dynamos (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Well, that’s a bit of a relief, this latest release from Dynamos isn’t a cover of the Big Joe Turner rock’n’roll classic. Not that I have anything against the Kansas City blues shouter, it is just that I think in … Continue reading

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Co-Morbid – Faerground Accidents (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

For a band who wilfully describe themselves as “psychotic pop, psychedelic punk  and androgynous rock n’ roll,” Co-Morbid is a surprisingly together album. Together in the sense that whilst it is wild and raw, challenging and visceral, often intense, always … Continue reading

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Welcome to The Carnival (The Very Best Of ) – Stripped (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Stripped are one of those bands who give pop music a bit of a reputation. A great one. If that generic label now conjures images of dance routine driven, style over substance dreamt up by a marketing department and a … Continue reading

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Thnx For The Ride – Rhett Repko (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I always knew that there was something a bit special about Rhett Repko. If Where You Ever Really Mine? hinted at the eclectic and adventurous nature of his musical thought process, this new offering really hammers that point home. Last … Continue reading

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