The debut album from phonograph - Originally recorded in 2001 and now finally released in 2014.
...'A Lost Powerpop Classic!!!'
Also available as a CD via Kool Kat Musik & Amazon.
'phonograph have a timeless sound that recalls many of the leading power pop touchstones, and "She Knows It" opens things in grand fashion, a Big Star-influenced number that's quite catchy, while the Beatlesque, midtempo "Waiting for the Sun" and it's "la da da da" chorus make for an instant earworm. Speaking of Beatlesque, "Don't You Bring Me Down" has a real Merseyside 1965 sound and "Fading into You" would fit nicely on one of Badfinger's first few albums. This is probably the most accomplished "classic power pop" debut since Cirrone a few years ago, and could be a year-end best-of contender'
'UK based band is lead by guitarist/songwriter team of Paul Campbell and Terence O’Mahony. The opener “She Knows It” is a classic power pop structure, similar in style to Badfinger and Teenage Fanclub. One of my favorites here is “Waiting For The Sun” with its minor chords and “la do da” chorus, and the Beatlesque “You Don’t Bring Me Down” is another catchy gem. And the “hits” keep coming.
The ballad “Losing My Nerve’ has echoes of John Lennon, and “California” has a driving guitar strum that’s perfect for the road. No filler either as each song earns repeat plays. Overall this band’s sound compares well with Taylor Locke and Cirrone and it deserves a spot in my year end top ten'
'Sometimes good bands come and good bands go without managing to make the break, or get the lucky break needed to reach the audience they deserve.
Then there are times when a band gets a bit of luck when it’s too late. Think of The Zombies and their masterpiece, Odessey and Oracle.
In a way, that’s exactly what we have here. Recorded in 2000, this collection of songs, newly released by phonograph, is what should be put in one of those capsules sent into space, as an example to future generations, or alien life, as to what perfect Power Pop on planet earth is.
From the Crowded House-like opener “She Knows It,” to the puzzling, atmospheric closing track “Night Living,” the listener is taken on a journey through all that is best in quintessential pop music.
Songwriters Paul Campbell and Terence O'Mahony have delivered here in spades, songs that would grace any Badfinger, Jellyfish, Big Star or Raspberries album. Not bad touchstones to have at all. As well as incisive, dynamic and catchy guitar riffs throughout, they are complimented by wonderfully worked harmonies.
Absorbing the best of the 60’s classic pop, though to 90’s Brit Pop, and hinting at Americana examples like Cotton Mather, what we have here is a genuine album of songs worthy of sitting alongside any landmark album from ANY genre!
If justice is to be done as it was for The Zombies eventually, then this album by phonograph should take its place at the top of the Power Pop table'
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