Monday, September 22, 2008

The new ANDY BOPP is almost here!!!

PhotobucketI met Andy Bopp a few months ago when he came through town to perform an acoustic set at the radio station that I have a show on. He was an awesome, funny fellow and afterwards, we all ate Thai food. Man, was it delicious! You should've been there!

ANYWAYS, we're all huge Bopp-fans here and I gotta admit that his latest album--THIS GUITAR KILLS SINGER SONGWRITERS--has the best album title of the year! I bet the music is twice as great!

Here's what Bruce has got to say about it...

DUE OCTOBER 14th - We'll have something special for folks who pick this up from Not Lame that I'll set up with Andy himself--details will be forthcoming!

"This is the first solo album from Andy Bopp, frontman and songwriter for Rainbow Quartz’s sparkling guitar pop melody makers Myracle Brah. Chock full of acoustic versions of Myracle Brah songs performed in a semi-Unplugged mode – plus a few brand new tunes – your ears will be treated to pristine, gorgeous arrangements with beautiful acoustic guitar work while delivering jangly psychedlic rock-pop conjuring Byrds, Beatles, Badfinger and Raspberries.” Like a fledgling Lennon was rocking out with Dinosaur Jr. on a weekend bender with Teenage Fanclub at their most cuddily.” -Mojo

"The Myracle Brah man and lead Love Nut breaks out his trusty acoustic guitar and leafs through some of the yellowed pages of what is now a rather large songbook to reel off a reliably entertaining set of tunes. This album contains no revelations but serves to confirm what I already knew -- he’s one helluva songwriter. Well, I suppose there’s one revelation. Okay, revelation is putting it strongly, but "Hello" is a new song. And it sounds like a typical Bopp song. His vocals are strong, the hook is established early, and fans of music that gravitates in The Beatles/Badfinger/early Big Star universe should enjoy this quite a bit. That universe is a large part of Bopp’s songcraft, though his work with Love Nut showed an affinity for Cheap Trick at times, while Myracle Brah periodically attempted to build on it’s ‘60s classicism with some moodier sounds. In this acoustic format, pop rules the day. But it’s not overly slick. If anything, the more intimate approach draws more emotions out of these songs, even when the lyrics may seem a bit impenetrable.

PhotobucketBopp draws most from what may be the two best albums from his past: three songs apiece from Life From Planet Eartsnop and the second Love Nut album, Baltimucho. Knowing a good thing, he opens the album with the lead track from Eartsnop, "Whisper Softly". This is just over two minutes of pop perfection. The rise and fall of the melody is matched by the even greater rise and fall of the melody. Bopp also takes on "Just Because", a ballad that has a bit of a John Lennon-ish feel, and my favorite Myracle Brah song of all, "Good Day to the Night". "Night" simply has one of the best power pop choruses I have ever heard. It’s urgent and memorable and Bopp sells it with all he has. This is a song that, even when played without a full band, is intense from the get go and manages never to let up. All without any outrageous tempos or excessive guitar noise. The winners from Baltimucho sound great too. "Falling Down" and "Miss Fortune" (a song Myracle Brah also recorded) have that "should have been a hit" kind of feel. While the first Love Nut album was alright (and is represented here by "Jane"), Baltimucho was chock full of great songs. One of those was the type of song that should have been played at high school proms everywhere, "If You Go Away"." -Mike Bennett, Hablo Ennui

1. Whisper Softly
2. Broken
3. Hello
4. Jane
5. If You Go Away
6. Miss Fortune
7. Minimum Mary
8. Good Day to the Night
9. Hearts on Fire
10. Just Because
11. Falling Down
12. Blue (Instrumental)



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