Monday, 9 January 2017

Australia Power Pop The Richies - Forever And Today 2003 (FLAC)

The Richies are a fine little pop underground band from down under. A smooth mix of Teenage Fanclub's laid-back melodicism, Matthew Sweet's classic songwriting, and too many groups too mention's love of '60s pop, the band's Forever and Today should be a hit with fans of the bands just mentioned along with anyone who likes intelligent, melodic, and sweet guitar pop. If you like surprises you might be out of luck. If you want your pop delivered as predictably as the U.S. mail, then you are in luck. You also have to imagine that the mail has no bills in it, only postcards from loved ones and dividend checks. There was more sweat in that last line then there is on all of Forever and Today. Charley Davis delivers the lyrics in a gentle croon backed by the rest of the band's sweet harmonies and their smooth and simple mix of ringing guitars, tambourines, and Ringo-solid drums.
There are no weak tracks, no standouts really either. Listening to the record is like hanging out with really mellow friends, just shooting the breeze on a summer night. So much of the current power pop revival scene is slavish to a fault and therefore barely worth listening to. For that reason, hearing a record that is derivative for sure but also imbued with a sense of the band's personality and charm can only be described a breath of fresh air. Forever and Today may not be the kind of record that you would go to extremes to hunt down, but if you run across it, it's certainly worth investigating.(allmusic.com)

Michael Carpenter is the producer of this record and maybe you have a little idea how the record sounds. But i think that's only the half truth. The band sounds very Beatles influenced but more in a way ''before Sgt.Pepper''(here and there just a little reference). Surely this is not the ''invention of the wheel'' in Power Pop but it's  a record full of songs on a really high level. Good songwriting and tasteful arrangements with  a production which let the record sounds all of a piece. Real good power pop music.
Aaawright, that's just my two cents. Take yourself a listen and enjoy.
Greetz
           Frank
Flac

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for this. Never heard of them but will give a listen. Am a fan of Teenage Fanclub, so this should be ok.

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  2. great site! Thanks. Any chance you can post this in MP3.

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  3. @johnnybgoode: Thanks johnnybgoode. Yes will do it tomorrow.
    regards
    Frank

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  4. @johnnybgoode: Ola johnny, here is the mp3 link:
    http://www34.zippyshare.com/v/sajCEPKM/file.html
    Regards
    Frank

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  5. SB1, you are the greatest! Thank you very much. Teenage Fanclub is my fav band so any comparison to them gets me excited. Speaking of excited, I just recently discovered you blog and cannot tell you how much I enjoy it. Cheers from California. John

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