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POPE Tall Tales and Cheap Thrills Aspop Records (2009)


Second album from the band formed by guitarist/songwriter Chris Pope and drummer Buddy Ascott, both formerly of The Chords. There's an element still of the previous band's mod punk, with a rock/pop feel, and alright it is too.

Bolstered by Style Council keyboard player Mick Talbot, the sound is at the quirky end of mainstream, with elements of singer/song writer without the strumming. From indie pop to rock, mod and more, there's a lot here. Some interesting guitar picking on “Love's Still Here” and heartfelt lyrics will keep the attention. Elsewhere the album moves between melodic guitar pop to some rock-out numbers. There's even a nod at The Cult in “It's Better To Have Loved And Lost”.

And any album that trashes both tyrants and z-list celebrities can't be all bad.

Not quite rock, too much substance for pop, it's worth a listen.


Review by Joe Geesin

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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