It’s been a few months since my last column, but I always wait until the muse moves me…or something pretentious like that. Anyway, here are five discs I wanted you, dear reader, to know about, and hopefully purchase, so read on, if you dare! 😉
The Nashville “King of Twang” has been delivering top shelf power pop albums since the late ‘80s, but his latest may be the best thing he’s done since his debut, Feeling The Elephant. Classic Lloyd tracks like “Undone”, “I’ve Had Enough Of Your Love” and “Not This Time ‘Round” abound, while “Baby’s In The Mood” channels his inner Zevon, “You Got Me” is pure old time rock ‘n roll, and “KAKE’N’8IT” is as much fun as the title would suggest. But it’s the opening title track, with its warmth, chord changes and a hook that won’t quit, which steals the show! What more could one want??
Ever since I saw this young Edinburgh-based trio play IPO Liverpool a few years ago, I’ve believed that they had a shot to break it big, as their vocals, musicianship and attitude just scream out “success!” Their overall sound is a bit harder-edged than I’m accustomed to writing about, but those harmonies…kinda like a supercharged Status Quo without the boogie! Tracks like “BB22”, “Sweet Spot” and “Professional Noise” are exemplars, but the boys can do ballads with the best of them; “Golden Love,” with its America-esque harmonies and the epic “Morning Sun”, on which you can hear a pin drop in the first part, are top shelf…but “Sea Of Cortez” outshines even those, as its counterpoint-laden refrain is one of the best I’ve heard in quite awhile!
The co-founder of the iconic L.A. band, Baby Lemonade, and guitarist for the legendary Love has released his first disc in many of a year, and this 7-song EP is a fine mix of rich, beautiful tunes such as “How Do I Get Close?”, “Miss Loucifer”, and “Twenty Years”, playful soft rockers like “You Let Me Down” and “Moana’s Town”, and the power pop “REVO”. Fans of Wondermints and Baby Lemonade will especially love this, as it’s redolent with cool chord changes and hooks. I very much look forward to Vol. 2!
Kimberley Rew and Lee Cave Berry-Sunshine Walkers: The Best of Kimberley Rew and Lee Cave-Berry (KL; CD)
Yes, you know the names: Kimberley Rew of The Soft Boys and Katrina and The Waves, and Lee Cave-Berry, who has logged more gigs than a turbo-powered computer. This collection features both solo tracks and those by this dynamic duo, and it’s a fun, organic listen throughout. Fans of Dave Edmunds will love “The Dog Song”, “English Road” and “Yours Truly”, among others, while the late ‘70s discofied “Happy Anniversary” could have fit on Back To The Egg; “Flat Cat” is pure rockabilly goodness, and “She’s Still Got It” is a ska delight. There are also a few jangleholic tracks from Rew’s classic EP, The Bible Of Bop; throw in a nifty cover of The Troggs’ “I Want You”, and you’ll be well hooked on this disc. Among the luminaries playing on these tracks are Mitch Easter, Peter Holsapple, Glenn Tilbrook, and Rew’s Soft Boys mates, Robyn Hitchock and Andy Metcalfe!
Ms. Goffin’s 10th album is a return to her Laurel Canyon roots, albeit with a modern touch; its cover art, drawn by her former Laurel neighbor, Joni Mitchell, is quite fitting. Two Different Movies definitely has that mellow, homemade vibe, at times not unlike her mom’s landmark, Tapestry. The opening cut, “Simple Life”, appropriately takes the listener back to a simpler, post ‘60s wind down; “Heart Attack” is a sexy, soulful rocker; “Oh My God”, arranged by Van Dyke Parks, has a lush, dizzying arrangement not unlike Parks’ Song Cycle; “Every Love Song” will coax you to dance without being obvious about it; and “It Started A Long Time Ago” channels Nilsson at times. A fine, diverse album with an array of fine feathered friends accompanying Goffin, such as Benmont Tench, Pete Thomas, the aforementioned Parks, and the Zelig of Pop, Fernando Perdomo!
Cheers, until next time,
This week on Power Pop Overdose we have new music from Walker Meadows, The Well Wishers, Kurt Baker and more. Additionally, we feature music from 1979, tunes from Chiswick Records, Five from Artful Dodger and some great cover tunes.
New and Notable
Don’t Say You Miss Me – Walker Meadows
We Grow Up – The Well Wishers
Outta Sight – Kurt Baker
Why Do I Dwell On Things – You’re Among Friends
I’m Checking Out – Marshall Holland
That Chiswick Sound!
Pain In Love – The Physicals
I Can’t Fight It – The Textones
Alienation – Dan Kelleher
Nervous Wreck – Radio Stars
Drivers Seat – Sniff and the Tears
I Got Ya Covered
Reflections of My Life – Orbis Max w/Dennis George
The “In” Crowd – Marshall Crenshaw
I’m A Believer – Bram Tchaikovsky
Prettiest Girl – Club Wow
She’s Got Everything – The Romantics
Rolene – Moon Martin
The Man Who Built America – Horslips
Little Trouble Maker – Ian McLagen
Road Runner – Greg Kihn
Mirror Star – The Fabulous Poodles
Five from Artful Dodger
Think Think – Artful Dodger
Not Enough – Artful Dodger
Follow Me – Artful Dodger
Wayside – Artful Dodger
Honor Among Thieves – Artful Dodger
Front to Back on Simplecast
Apple Podcasts and Google Play soon!
Two Tickets to the Moon – Trolley
Caravan – The Total Rejection
Let’s Worry About Tomorrow – The Yum Yums
And Then She’s Gone – LIbrarians With Hickeys
Fiction – The Webstirs
Paper Airplane – Marshall Holland
Beautiful – The Viewers
Butterfly Child – Daryl Hooper & The Seeds
Last Man Standing – Super Doppler
Live in Favor of Tomorrow – The Lemon Twigs
Powder Keg – Richard Turgeon
Summer School Girl – The Ratboys
In Spite of Ourselves – Geoff Palmer & Lucy Ellis
Women (Make You Feel Alright) – Vince Melouney
Haircut Sphinx – Guided By Voices
No Weapon But Love – Icecream Hands
Last Harrah – EZ Tiger
Make Me – Ed Woltil
Too Far – The Electric Mess
Grind My Gears – The Premonitions
Blink – Emperor Penguin
My Lambretta – Gallows Birds
So Now We’re Here – Nick Frater
Billy Said The F-Word – Joe Giddings