It might seem odd to talk about a band as having successfully matured when 75 percent of the members are still 21 or younger, but that’s the case for one band.
2012 was a great year for new music, with albums from former major label favorites sharing space with releases from relative upstarts from the indie pop world. For my money, here’s a look at the best of the best from last year.
by John M. Borack the dB’s Falling Off the Sky Reunion albums are generally hit and miss propositions, particularly when the band in question has been relatively dormant for a long period of time. Of course there are exceptions …
OHMYGODTHISSONGISGREAT. That’s what Nelson Bragg calls his publishing company, and it’s the phrase we uttered after hearing Bragg’s new LP, “We Get What We Want.”
Considered by many to be the godfather of New Wave, Nick Lowe’s reputation as a slightly off-kilter, melodically stimulating singer-songwriter was made with 1978’s “Pure Pop For Now People” and its 1979 follow-up, “Labour of Lust.”
It was nearly as hard for John Borack pick the Top 10 Paul McCartney solo songs as it was to choose the 10 best Beatles’ songs. Did your favorites make his list?
Wonder which pop albums make the grade? Get John Borack’s take on releases by The Bangles, Lannie Flowers, Vinnie Zummo, Yep, Vegas With Randolph, The Ditchflowers, The Handcuffs, Maxi Dunn and more.
As a card-carrying music geek, John Borack is well aware of the importance of lists — and folks love to read, debate, dissect and often ridicule these sorts of lists. So get ready to read, debate, dissect and ridicule another one as he proudly presents his personal list of the top 10 songs by the Beatles.
There was so much great pop music released in 2011 — both by established artists and newcomers — that I had a tough time whittling my favorites down to just 20.
Overall, IPO 13 is a damned fine collection, with the many high points making it a more-than-welcome addition to any pop fans’ music library.