Category Archives: pop

Satisfied – Ashley J. (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Ashley j is possibly the perfect pop product for the moment. She effortlessly combines that modern take on a retro image that is in vogue, with slick and vibrant, dance driven pop grooves. And if previous singles such as Trapped … Continue reading

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Rad Science  – Eleventyseven (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said that there were no second acts in American lives. He also said a bit about trombone players and jazz music. He also predicted that pop-punk has had its day. Maybe. He was wrong about a … Continue reading

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Landslide –  Zialand (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music can’t help but be anything other than the sum total of the artists creative past and the more mercurial and wide ranging that is, the more likely the end result is something unique and ploughing a singular furrow. Zialand’s musical … Continue reading

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Occam’s Razor  –  Matt Saxton (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’m always going to be a sucker for a song which mixes medieval philosophical principles with jaunty contemporary music, I can’t be the only one, I like my academia but I like it groovy. And that is just what Matt … Continue reading

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Wavelength –  Phillip Broussard (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Philip Broussard channels a lot of classic singer-songwriter vibes. Whilst it is easy to draw comparison with current board-treading artists such as Shawn Mendes and John Mayer, the most interesting parallels are found as the echoes of Cat Stevens at … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXXXV : Tears  –  Gaz (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Pop music with a rock and roll spine? Rock music with plenty of funky grooves? Sassy contemporary soul with a bluesy bite? Well, how about we accept that Tears is all of that and more and we just call it … Continue reading

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The Motor Car and The Weather Balloon  –  Ben Brookes (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I love the connectivity of the modern world. I love the fact that I was sent this album by the powers that be in Minneapolis when the guy in question hails from a town an hour away from me in … Continue reading

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Indian Summer Blues – Lewis Papier (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

One of the beautiful aspects of music, and there are many, is that not only are songs a great way of marking a significant event, a notation in the book of life of saying something about the world as we … Continue reading

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Bad Faith/Good Faith  –  Gavin Chappell – Bates (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Gavin Chappell-Bates is back doing what he does best, cutting through the fashionista  style over substance approach and just getting on with delivering a decent groovy, dance fuelled pop-rock song. Somehow as he careers around the subsection of the Venn … Continue reading

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Into The Next Life –  Steve Ravensfield (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In this generic label obsessed world we sometimes lose sight of the simple things in life. Whilst some corners of the music industry only seem happy when they have invented a pigeon-hole which describes only one or two bands, yes, … Continue reading

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