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POPE Tall Tales & Cheap Thrills (Aspop)

FORMER Chords frontman Chris Pope and drummer Buddy Ascott return with the most unashamedly feelgood rock-pop album since Pete Wylie's Songs Of Strength And Heartbreak.

Hummable hooks and streetwise lyrics ride raw guitar riffs and tumbling drums as the duo up their game, progressing from the mod nods of the past to a set bursting with potential singles.

From explosive opener Most Of What Follows Is True, Pope wander through their influences. Make My Day and Could I Fall In Love Again are Lennon-esque pop; It's Better To Have Loved And Lost recalls The Cult; Be Careful What You Wish For has a hint of Springsteen.

The title track opens with Neil Youngstyled guitar before transforming into something that could have come from the Ray Davies songbook. Raucous I Got You Bad is a distant cousin of Kinks classic You Really Got Me.

There's late night jazz during 9 To 5 And Me, post-punk energy fuels Get Into London Town, and King Of The World is power pop incarnate. The tracks may be linked by everyday street sounds but this set is anything but everyday, and perhaps the album of the year. PC
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Article Type:Sound recording review
Date:Jul 5, 2009
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