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"For me this is the record that connects the dots, from The Nerves to The Breakaways to The Beat to todayâ ¦ this is the record that puts it all together!" -- Paul Collins.
"King Of Power Pop" is the new studio album by Paul Collins (The NERVES, The BREAKAWAYS), one of the originators of the high-energy pop sound known as power pop. The album is a complete return to power pop, the sound he helped create and popularize, a sound that has seen a resurgence in recent year. Guests include Wally Palmar of the ROMANTICS, and pop icon Nikki Corvette of NIKKI & The CORVETTES.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 4.88 x 5.59 x 0.35 inches; 1.76 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Alive Records
- Original Release Date : 2010
- Date First Available : July 11, 2010
- Label : Alive Records
- ASIN : B003O7MI0G
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #351,758 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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I've bought just about every Paul Collins or Beat album I could find in the intervening 30 years (I can't say I have any obscure imports from Spain or whatever), but the music was never quite the same as the initial blast of "power pop".
I was very excited to learn about Paul's return the Power Pop, although I was skeptical at first. I can honestly say that this is, while not quite up to the standard of THE BEAT, certainly right up there with THE KIDS ARE THE SAME.
Way to go Paul, keep em' coming!
Or so it seemed. It turns out that Collins hasn't let the shadows of middle-age black out the enthusiasms of youth. More importantly, he can still write a killer melodic hook and make it stick in two-minutes-thirty. Recording in Detroit with Jim Diamond producing, Collins sounds as if he's fresh off the end of a tour with the Beat - his voice a tad ragged but still thrilled by the glories of power pop. He charges hard into the bluesy "Do You Wanna Love Me?" and cuts the difference between the Beatles and Everly Brothers on the opening "C'mon Let's Go!" His lyrics haven't yearned so dearly and his voice hasn't sounded this unbridled since he sang "Rock `n' Roll Girl" and "Walking Out on Love" thirty years ago. Collins and Eric Blakely's guitars rumble and sting, Jim Diamond's bass and Dave Shettler's drums propel, and the vocal harmonies and backings capture the joy of a summer's night cruise with the windows down and the radio up.
Shettler adds tympani to "Many Roads to Follow," and with the duet harmony sung at the top of Collins' and Blakely's ranges, they conjure the deep teen emotions of the Brill Building. Given his track record, it's not really surprising that Collins still has great albums in him, but that he so effortlessly reaches back to the sounds he helped coin in the mid-70s (and whose invention he details in "Kings of Power Pop"), and it's inspiring that he finds such satisfying ways to use the wear in his voice. Particularly noteworthy is how easily he matches Alex Chilton's gravelly tone on a cover of the Box Tops' 1967 hit "The Letter," and how beautifully he covers the Flamin' Groovies' "You Tore Me Down." The heartbreak of his original "Hurting's on My Side" is rendered in the sort of ragged-voiced emotion John Lennon shouted out in 1964. Anyone who loves the Nerves EP and the Beat's albums (particularly the debut) should grab a copy of this one ASAP. [©2010 hyperbolium dot com]