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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Teenage Symphonies to God

I like power pop as much as I like pizza and ice cream. I can't have those things every day, but I enjoy them on a regular basis. As I write this, I have parts of Teenage Fanclub's "The Concept," "Ain't It Enough" and the Raspberries' "Let's Pretend" repeating in my head.

Yesterday, as I read my new issue of Rolling Stone, I listened to Velvet Crush's Teenage Symphonies to God. I heard great things about this album (especially on the Sound Ops board) and I figured I would dig it since it was considered power pop. Well, after seeing a used copy at a local record store, I decided to pick it up. With just one listen, I'm very impressed. More listening is in the near-future.

Now I can add Velvet Crush to my list of power pop favorites: Big Star, Cheap Trick, the Raspberries, the Posies and Teenage Fanclub. Maybe I should check out the dB's next . . .

As much as I like the jangly guitars and sunny melodies, I can only handle this stuff so much. The songs are so sugary sweet that I need some non-sugary stuff in my diet. However, I always need accessible melodies; whether they in post-hardcorish stuff to country-tinged rock to punk rock.

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