Category Archives: pop

The Bitter End – Jamie R Hawkins (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’m sure there are just as many, if not more, acoustic, solo, guitar slingers around now than there ever has been. Sadly in this age where anyone on a gap year feels the need, and sadly the entitlement, to be … Continue reading

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When You Come Around – Jonathan Cavier (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

After the country-tinged drive of Comes A Moment, Jonathan Cavier returns with something more straightforward pop and as it wafts past my senses I have finally managed to put my finger on the real power of his music. Yes, he … Continue reading

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New Music of The Day – CLXXXII: Till I See You Again – Bunny Sigler

It isn’t surprising given Bunny Sigler’s illustrious track record that this heartfelt message to those who serve their country sounds like a timeless piece of chilled Philly soul balladry. His past associations range from Curtis Mayfield to Jay-Z; he has … Continue reading

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Authentic – The Nick Tann Trio (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If you have mainly encountered Nick, as I have, in the guise of solo, acoustic guitar slinging, jazz tinged, folk-pop performer then what you will find in his move from lonesome troubadour to minimalist band leader is the ability to … Continue reading

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10 Best Rolling Stones Songs of The 60’s

Given the work rate and sheer quality of the Rolling Stones, particularly during the first two decades of their career, it is a near impossible task to nail down just 10 songs from their 60’s back catalogue. Ask me again … Continue reading

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Things I Wish I’d Said – Heartwork (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Often it isn’t until that guy with a guitar you have been watching for a few years goes into the studio to make a more fully realised recording of his music that you really become aware of what those songs … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day CLXXX: Waterfall of Tears – Ginger and The Glowsticks

It would be very easy to write songs that cover the subject mater of Waterfall of Tears and make them somehow overly melancholic or maudlin even. Success lies in the balance of not allowing the subject matter to be overtaken … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXVIII: Feel The Night – Vladrumetz

There is something wonderfully familiar in the pulsing bass, the clinical drum sound and the minimal synth patterns that skitter around between voice and backbeat. Comfort zones are nice places to exist in and Vladrumetz builds ones that take me … Continue reading

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For Strangers Only – Abel Raise The Cain (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Pop and rock music can sometimes make uncomfortable bedfellows. Some might say that pop can water down the power of the rock delivery, others that rock brings too much baggage to the pop party. Some might say that, not I, … Continue reading

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Spare Parts For Broken Hearts – Paul Menel and The Essentials (reviewed by Dave Franklin

The inclusion of the track Common Ground on this album makes for an interesting point of reference between past and present. Menel’s anthem for the doomed youth of The Somme is one of the high points of the first of … Continue reading

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