Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A few eMus.

Still getting my sea legs here, I plan on having another "blurb-o-rama" in the next day or two, and perhaps a CD of the Day or two. In the meantime, things remain pretty quiet on the power pop front at eMusic, but there are a few releases to note.

The latest from Aussie powerpopper Danny McDonald, Summer City, has been added. Sez Bruce at Not Lame: "As with the best of Australian Power Pop, Fans of DM3 and The Chevelles will want to check out McDonald closely. For fans of shimmery guitar pop, hooks and ringing chords...they are all here. Add some surf, garage and earthy country yearnings in the fully framed picture of what Australia Pop is all about, you have Danny McDonald".

Helpful reader Mike pointed out in comments to the last post that the John P. Strohm disc, Everyday Life, is on eMu as well, so in case you didn't see the comment, I figured I'd mention it in a post.

I also neglected to mention that the new Josh Rouse disc, Country Mouse City House, is on there too. While nobody was a bigger fan of Rouse through his 2005 release Nashville than myself, I found last year's Subtitulo to be a disappointment, and while the new one is better, it doesn't quite measure up to his brilliant run of Under Cold Blue Stars/1972/Nashville. But you can judge for yourself.

Finally, although he isn't power pop, I've always had a soft spot for Al Stewart, and his 2005 release A Beach Full of Shells is now on the site as well. Like new discs from many other artists who were big decades ago, it's a latter-day release that has its moments but doesn't rank with his best.


Unknown said...

Summer in the City is Danny MacDonald's debut from a few years back. Fibrotones is his second release and Last Man`s Tucker is his latest.

Steve said...

Ah, eMu crossed me up with a 2007 release date on their page, and I remembered seeing recently that he had a new one, hence the error.

Power Pop Review said...

I've always had a problem with Al Stewart. Quite good in the songwriting department, but I could never get past that plummy voice. Somehow it offends us non blue blooded Brits, who wonder why the toffs have to invade our artform as well as every other walk of life. Still at least Al isn't half as offensive as the Lloyd Webber's and Genesis's of this world.

MrQwerty said...

Just wanted to set the record straight regarding the above. I wrote that whilst sitting at my wife's computer. I don't want to incorrectly credit her with being a Brit or not enjoying the awfully nice posh tones of Mr Stewart - this was the opinion of myself and my inverted British prejudice!