Category Archives: pop

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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Phil Cooper’s A Welcome in The Wild Tour of Canada

Our good friend and splendid acoustic pop chap, Phil Cooper, has just announced that this year his musical travels will see him wander even further than usual as he heads off to Canada. If you live within travelling distance of … Continue reading

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Sweep Me Away – Ed Lofstedt (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music can be used to do many things, evoke emotions, enhance or change moods, it can be deep and clever, throwaway and frivolous and sometimes it can even change your life. It can also be used to send a message, … Continue reading

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Tropical Soul – Holly Holden Y Su Banda (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When the term “world music” crept into the public consciousness it tended to be the domain of a certain type of guy (and it generally was a guy). One who would use the fact that you hadn’t heard of a … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXII: Comes A Moment – Jonathan Cavier

One of the things I find myself on a bit of a mission to defend these days is that most mercurial of beasts…pop music! Okay, let me qualify that. The term pop has too long been sullied by production line, … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXI: Lead Me Down – Sally Caitlin

Pop music is done often, but generally not well. Too many gimmicks and non-musical compensation via dance routines or PR driven drama might create hyperbole but when the song is analysed it is often found wanting. No so in the … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXVII : Lighthouse – Blaylock

When we think of solo piano music, even in the more commercial world, we generally think of the high-concept and artistic direction of Kate Bush or Tori Amos or the high volume commerciality of kitsch dinosaurs such as Elton John … Continue reading

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Besta Venya – Nick Parker (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Travel has always been a theme at the heart of Nick’s songs and with this new collection it is one he is more than happy to return to. From passing references that frame the location of his stories to the … Continue reading

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Dengue Fever announce deluxe re-issues

Los Angeles based Cambodian and American rock band Dengue Fever  announced today that they are set to begin a deluxe reissue campaign to release the bands long out-of-print back catalog via their own Tuk Tuk Records. Both critically acclaimed titles … Continue reading

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Fragments – Salt Cathedral (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It probably says as much about the acts I chose to write about as it does the current trends in music but I see these dreamy, ambient pop-washes as the saviour of commercial music. Pop music has too long been about … Continue reading

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