Category Archives: pop

Tricks – Amita (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If your vision of pop is as a music box of shiny, vibrant and boisterous sounds, Amita opens your eyes to a wonderful new way of working in that genre. She takes the accessibility and simple elegance of modern pop … Continue reading

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Running  –  Shofar (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I often worry about bands who label themselves Christian Rock, after all we don’t call Haim Jewish indie and I’m pretty sure that The Beastie Boys never promoted themselves as Buddhist Rap, and such a title is always going to … Continue reading

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Another Man’s Woman – Kenny Fame (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The last time Kenny Fame crossed my path it was with his wonderfully adventurous e.p. An Intimate Portrait, a collection of songs which really explored what modern R&B could be about. And if then he toyed with nu-jazz, soul, progressive … Continue reading

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You Are My Home –  Alan Osborne (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music is made for many reasons, some of them creative, driven by integrity, other times…well, not so much. For everyone who is trying to express a personal view of the world there is someone looking for a quick buck, for … 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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Summertime Blues / December (Again) –  The Raft (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Cosmic folk-pop. Is that a thing? Well, if not, let’s make it a thing, after all we need a suitable category to put The Raft in, so why not that? As Phil Wilson and his associates go about their business … 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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Unbreakable – Ashley J (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Building on the her previous single, Trapped, Ashley J continues with her mission to remind us what pop music should be about. Forget the gimmicks, the marketing tricks, the style over substance that many of her rivals employ to hide … Continue reading

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Wash My World  –  Anton Wick feat Jayd – (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Dance music with a social conscience, you don’t stumble across that every day! If  most of the competition in the world of electronic music often seems more interested in shallower concerns, ones based on a quick, sugar-coated dance floor fix, … Continue reading

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Everybody Move –  Man Called Noon (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Life affirming, that’s what this is! It is a term which gets banded about a lot but there is something so positive, so infectious, so groovesome, so…well, great, that there is really no other term for it. At a collision … Continue reading

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