Share KING OF POWER POP! - Paul Collins (Alive Naturalsound)
Every once in a while the good guy wins. It might sound like a hackneyed old cliché but in the case of Paul Collins it applies and, more importantly, it's deserved.

Anybody who spends any time at the Bar needs no introduction to Paul Collins' body of work. From banging the skins in the Nerves to fronting the Beat right up to his current stuff (ooops, let's not forget the country and western side projects or the House Tours with John Wicks as well) the guy can write a catchy song and "KOPP" is no different.

Recorded at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit with Jim Diamond at the helm, Collins brings not only a platter of killer tunes to the table but some good friends like Nikki Corvette and Romantics frontman Wally Palmar to lend a hand with the material. Now, the media might say Detroit is a dead city but I say "fuck that" when you have material and personnel of this caliber. The liner notes tell of an impromptu gig in the lobby of the hotel Collins and Co were staying at during the recording of this album and how The Box Tops chestnut "The Letter" was one tune played to dismayed hotel guests. It makes the album and comes off sounding fresh, something that isn't easy to do with a tune we have all heard umpteen million times.

Like most of this album "Doin' It for The Ladies" is written to be played in your car, doing 70mph and singing along. But although Collins says he's doing it for the ladies he's doing it it for everyone who ever dug a catchy hook, and this slab has plenty of those. And is "Off The Hook" the sequel to "Hanging on the Telephone"?

I only wish that besides "Don't Blame Your Troubles on Me" some of the other tracks had played live on the recent tour. I, for one, would love to hear the title track done live as it is not only catchy as all get out but tells one hell of a story. And how can you miss by closing out with the Flamin' Groovies "You Tore Me Down"?

Paul Collins is back and with a vengeance and when the history of power pop is written, he will feature prominently. - Dave Champion


 

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