AUTOMATIC - Myracle Brah (Laughing
The best thing about a sampler like this, where you get a few songs from three separate albums, is you get the chance to really get a taste for an artist in a single package. The bad part? Well in this case its that the styles change so much from track to track its hard to figure out whats going on.
The first two lo-fi, Beatles-inspired offerings, "Isnt It A Crime" and "Albert S. Hand", conjure up images of guitarist/singer/songwriter Andy Bopp (yes, Bopp) as a mop-topped McCartney fan. The fact he was one of the featured acts at this years Abbey Road Festival just reinforces things then we get to track three and beyond and its all out the window.
Here the flavour is still soft and guitar-driven pop but think more along the lines of Paul Westerberg or late Soul Asylum.
Production values in this section are decidedly better with the Hammond organ doing a great impersonation of strings over the top of some beautifully mellow songs such as "When She Cries" and "Madaliene".
Then just in case you were getting used to a style, theres another pair of tracks tacked on to the end where overdriven guitar is mixed in with some understated lead and Bopps enormous vocal range for another take on things ah well, Bopp might be a tad schizophrenic, but if its mellow rock/pop youre after, something soft enough to suit most tastes and still catchy enough to be remembered days later, its well worth a try.
Oh, and keep an ear out for the moment about 25 seconds into track two, "Albert S. Hand" which sounds suspiciously like Andy forgot to turn his mobile phone off before the recording started. Of course its intentional right? - Scott Ellis
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