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Tommy Gunnarsson - Reviews


Various


Good as Gold – Artefacts of the Apple Era 1967-1975
Enthralling five CD compilation of songs associated with Apple Records, founded by these Fab Four, proves a great look into the more forgotten parts of the 60's pop scene in the UK


Direct Hits


The Broadway Recording Sessions
Enjoyable compilation of Mod pop trio Direct Hits’ early recording sessions which are finally released by Optic Nerve Recordings but is mostly targeted at already converted fans.


Global Village Trucking Company


Smiling Revolution
Impressive double CD anthology on Cherry Red from Iconic communal band The Global Village Trucking Company


Various


Shake the Foundations: Militant Funk and the Post-Punk Dancefloor 1978-1984
Impressive three CD box set from Cherry Red follows up the success of their previous post-punk box sets with this reflection into the more danceable part of the scene


Exploding Flowers


Stumbling Blocks
Enjoyable but repetitive jangly pop on second album from LA-based quartet Exploding Flowers


Dupont Circles


In Search of the Family Gredunza
Erratic and uneven debut album from US indie band the Dupont Circles which is a compilation of songs recorded during the past thirty years


Wee Cherubs


The Merry Makers
Enjoyable compilation of largely unreleased material from lost 198'0s Glasgow-based indiepop band, the Wee Cherubs


Various


Martin Green Presents: Super Sonics - 40 Junkshop Britpop Greats
Excellently presented double CD from Cherry Red which compiles together some of the more obscure and less well known bands of the Britpop era


Ballet


Matchy Matchy
Enjoyable but flawed fourth album from New York duo The Ballet whih draws but does not match comparisons with the Magnetic Fields


Pooh Sticks


7 Inch Box Set
Fabulous vinyl box set which compiles together the first five singles of legendary indiepop band, the Pooh Sticks


Monochrome Set


Fabula Mendax
First-rate album from indie pop outfit the Monochrome Set, which was inspired by manuscripts from the 15th century


Comet Gain


Fireraisers Forever!
Predictable and formulaic ninth album from shambolic London-based punk pop act Comet Gain


Dot Dash


Proto Retro
Enjoyable, nostalgic-rooted sixth album from jangly Washington DC group punk pop Dot Dash


Essex Green


Hardly Electronic
First-rate comeback album from US trio The Essex Green who have returned after a twelve year hiatus with their now classic blend of country/folk/indiepop


Carlene Carter


C’Est C Bon
Fifth electro-influenced album from country pop star Carlene Carter, which originally released in 1983, does not stand up well because of its extremely dated production


Go Kart Mozart


Mozart's Mini Mart
Lo-fi and self-consciously amateurish indie pop on fourth album from Go-Kart Mozart, the latest project of Lawrence Hayward of Felt


Gist


Holding Pattern
Hit and miss sercond album from the the Gist, the project of Young Marble Giants' songwriter Stuart Moxham, which follows on thirty-five years after their debut album


Clientele


Music for The Age of Miracles
Fabulous, long-awaited album from melancholic indiepop outfit the Clientele who have returned after a seven year absence this time with a new fourth member


Howard Jones


Best 1983 – 2017
Impressive three CD compilation from 80's superstar Howard Jones which compiles together his entire solo career from 1983 to 2017 for the first time


Los Straitjackets


What’s So Funny about Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets?
Fabulous latest record from Nashville-based surf/rockabilly/punk rock band Los Straitjackets, who have toured with Nick Lowe as his backing group and have now recorded an album's worth of instrumental covers of his songs


Sodastream


Little by Little
Excellent new album from folksy Australian indie pop duo Sodastream who are back with their first LP in over ten years


Jack Lee


Bigger Than Life
Fascinating and essential compilation which combines together both the solo albums released by Jack Lee, the singer and guitarist in legendary power pop trio the Nerves, in the 1980s


Grin


Grin/1+1/All Out
Hit and miss double CD from Grin, the late 60's/early 70's band of solo artist and Bruce Springsteen guitarist Nils Lofgren, which compiles together the three albums they released during their brief lifetime


Monochrome Set


Volume, Contrast, Brilliance….Vol. 2, Unreleased and Rare
Variable second raities compilation from the Monochrome Set, which will most likely only appeal to their hardcore fans.


Clientele


Alone and Unreal: The Best of the Clientele
Fantastic compilation from London indie trio the Clientele which collects some of their most loved songs from their back catalogue


Bis


I Love Bis
Excellently presented compilation of early singles and EPs from chaotic 90’s Scottish noise pop trio Bis, who have not lasted well over time


Batteries


Batteries
Fomulaic and over noisy indie pop from Steven Clark from Bis who is releasing his first solo album under the name Batteries


Cinerama


Valentina
Fine fourth album from Cinerama, the first since 2002's 'Torino', which finds David Gedge and his bandmates reworking the Wedding Present's latest album with an orchestra


Milky Wimpshake


Encore, Un Effort!
On their sixth proper album, Newcastle twee punkers Milky Wimpshake keep on doing what they do best, playing punkpop with clever and political lyrics


Various


Alice in Wonderland and Other Rainy Day
Evocatively packaged but hit and miss double compilation of lost Southern US 60’s pop, garage and psychedelic bands


Robert Wyatt


Different Every Time
Definitive double CD compilation from eccentric but brilliant English singer-songwriter, Robert Wyatt


Dave Edmunds


Live at Rockpalast Loreley 1983
Fantastic live CD/DVD package, recorded at the Loreley Open-Air Festival in 1983 for German television, from singer, guitarist and record prodcucer, Dave Edmunds


David Lewis


Old World, New World
Pleasant but forgettable 60’s and 70’s folk pop on fourth album from London-based singer-songwriter, David Lewis


Rockpile


Live at Rockplast
Appealing live CD/DVD recorded at a show in Germany in 1980 from Rockpile, the late 1970s/early 1980s supergroup of Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds


Karl Smith


Kites
Slightly disappointing debut solo album from Australian indie pop duo Sodastream's front man, Karl Smith


Milky Wimpshake


Heart and Soul in the Milky Way
Excellent, if formulaic punk pop on fifth studio album from Newcastle-based group, Milky Wimpshake


Tullycraft


Lost in Light Rotation
Instantly catchy, but predictable sixth studio album from seminal Seattle-based indie pop outfit, Tullycraft


Golden Grrrls


Golden Grrls
Oddball mix of the quite promising and awful on debut album from Glasgow-based trio, Golden Grrls


Roger Mcguinn


Born to Rock and Roll
Fabulous compilation of former Byrds' front man Roger McGuinn's 70's solo albums


Evans the Death


Catch Your Cold
Forgettable indie pop on vinyl only single from much hyped London-based band, Evans the Death


Winter Olympics


Profit and Loss
Monotonous 90’s-influenced indie guitar rock on debut album from London-based band, the Winter Olympics


Hit Parade


Pick of the Pops (Vol. 1)
Essential compilation from long-standing and influential London-based indie pop act, the Hit Parade


Amida


My Life as a Trashcan
Shambling, but enjoyable Wedding Present and This Poison-influenced indie pop on fourth EP from Manchester-based band Amida, who probably work best as a live act


Dentals


Tennessee
Lyrically weak, but musically adept debut album from Swiss-based indie pop act, the Dentals


Head Of Light Entertainment


The English Don't Care
Suprisingly mild second album from indie pop act the Head of Light Entertainment, which has expanded from being a solo act into a three-piece on this record


Chefs


Records and Tea: The Best of
First-rate compilation from lost 80's Brighton twee pop band the Chefs, who were musically years ahead of their time.


Primitives


Echoes and Rhymes
Enjoyable, but somewhat bland comeback album of often little-known female-fronted cover songs from 80's indie pop act, the Primitives


Magnetic Fields


Love at the Bottom of the Sea
Stunning tenth album from Magnetic Fields, which finds Stephin Merritt returning to the synthesizer sounds of his earlier records


Gilbert O' Sullivan


I'm a Writer, Not a Fighter
Lavishly presented reissue of Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert O' Sullivan's 1973 third album, which, however, because of its use of synthesisers sounds more dated than his other earlier albums


Kick Inside


Ever the Optimist
Fine six song EP from Bristol-based band the Kick Inside which, while lacking the same energy of their live performances, puts life back into the indie pop genre


Dodgy


Stand Upright in a Cool Place
Uncomplicated, but somewhat bland comeback album from 1990's Britpop chart act, Dodgy


Rick Nelson


Stay Young: The Epic Recordings
Poorly presented compilation of American singer Rick Nelson's mid 1970's recordings for the Epic label


JD Souther


You're Only Lonely
Basic reissue for superb 1979 third album from Detroit-born singer-songwriter JD Souther, who wrote several of the Eagles' best known songs


Slade


Sladest
Excellent remastered reissue of early singles compilation from 1970's rock giants, Slade


Stephin Merritt


Obscurities
Splendid collection of rarities and unreleased tracks from the last twenty years from Magnetic Fields' front man, Stephin Merritt


Ladybug Transistor


Clutching Stems
Appealing, but formulaic and routine seventh album from Brooklyn-based indie pop act, the Ladybug Transistor


Comet Gain


Howl of the Lonely Crowd
Well-crafted, yet formulaic and routine first album in six years for London pop punks, Comet Gain


Brights


A Cameo Can't Last Forever
Fine second single from London-based band the Brights, who merge together Paul Weller and Orange Juice influences


Let's Whisper


The Shortest Days
Predictable, but well-performed twee pop on debut album Let's Whisper, the side project of the Smittens' Dana Kaplan and Colin Clary


Various


The Matinee Holiday Soiree
Enjoyable holiday EP from the ever reliable Matinee Recordings, which is one to pick up for next Christmas







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