Holmes: Stop Go (Yellow Eye)

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Holmes: Stop Go (Yellow Eye)

Okay, this album came out in 2007 -- which is of course an eon ago in the world of of pop -- but Elsewhere has an unashamed affection for power pop, and this album seems to have just been given distribution on New Zealand so . . .

Holmes is a US indie band but really the work of producer Roy Shakked who made his name remixing tracks by Sarah Vaughan, Jimmy Griff, McCoy Tyner and other jazz greats as Jazzelicious -- but then decided to indulge his inner power popper.

So this album has discreet reference points in the Beatles (Rubber Soul and Abbey Road period, mostly skipping the psychedelic middle), a little Big Star and Badfinger . . . You get the idea.

He doesn't quite crack the power choruses of any of these bands and errs more towards the lighter end of power pop, but he has a nice line in pastoral pop (Another Week -- and Nevermind where he takes the local bus down Penny Lane to Strawberry Fields but doesn't take the whole trip, if you get my drift).

Not a classic power pop album like Dwight Twilley or Big Star etc. Perhaps because he's a keyboard player rather than a guitarist -- and for purists the true power pop is driven by six and 12 strings.

But an interesting pop album of the old style nonetheless. 

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