Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Brothers Martin - Communication  

This song is a bit darker and heavier than my usual choices, but those of you who are fans of such electro-indie-rock acts as The Bravery and The Killers should definitely give it a try. The guitars are loud and fast and it makes the song fun yet bearing a sharper edge. The urgency of the song gives it emotional impact while making it very good to bop around on your chair to, and maybe in a few months, if the band are a success, we'll be bopping at a gig or a club to it instead. For those of you averse to the rockier sounds, listen to their very convincingly 80s track The Harsh Effects of Time on their MySpace.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Rosebuds - Get Up Get Out  

The Rosebuds are an interesting new indie/pop group who are gaining quite a lot of support in the USA right now with the release of their 3rd album, Night of the Furies. I don't know if I'd enjoy the whole CD, but this track is the real stand out of what I've heard so far. It's a catchy disco-pop song that is more subtle than the kind of Euro dance-pop I usually favour, but I just can't get Get Up Get Out out of my head. It's available as free taster download on their MySpace, but also on several mp3 blogs, for those of you who like me seem to have difficulty with MySpace downloads.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Ark - Prayer For The Weekend  

The Ark's new album is released tomorrow in Sweden, but here's a sneak peek of one of my favourite tracks. As they're representing the Swedes in Eurovision this year, The Ark have been getting a lot of attention, so I'm sure the CD will be a big hit, and hopefully gain them lots of new fans in the rest of Europe. Eurovision can be an excellent promotional tool since it's taken so seriously in a lot of the participating countries, rather unlike the UK. I'll review the new Ark album in full on Dirrrty Pop soon, but for now enjoy the funtastic title track!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Darren Hayes - Random Blinking Light  

Tomorrow the first of Darren's new album tracks will be previewed on his official site, and what better way to celebrate than with one of his many many ace songs of the past. Random Blinking Light was a b-side to the similarly atmospheric Darkness, Darren's follow-up single to Pop!ular which never actually got released in the UK as far as I can remember. One of the great things about being a Darren Hayes fan is the sheer number of amazing songs by him that are available. His albums are always consistently great, but he also has provided fans with many b-sides and other random unreleased tracks and every one is good enough quality to be a number 1 hit in a righteous world. Darren has my favourite singing voice of any popstar in the world, he has a perfect sound which is simultaneously unique to him and a mix of all my favourite styles, and his lyrics are often beautiful and moving - there's a Darren Hayes or Savage Garden song for every emotion I feel, and it's never a chore to listen through them until I find the right one.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Avril Lavigne - Hot  

I was only semi-enthusiastic about this album when I reviewed it yesterday on Dirrrty Pop, but now I've listened a couple more times I'm getting a bit obsessed with it! It really is a great pop album, much better than the other big name pop/rock female acts such as Kelly Clarkson and P!nk's last albums. All the songs are pretty good, although the lyrics can be very over-simplified sometimes ("this innocence is brilliant"??) and some tracks are a bit too Sk8r Boi-ish for my liking. I'd put it down to the involvement of fab pop writers Dr Luke and Butch Walker, but this track is one of my faves and it's just written by Avril's guitarist Evan Taubenfeld. The sound reminds me a lot of Lucy Woodward, if any of you remember her (she is actually still going).

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