Brand New Beat
On the heels of his amazing LP, Rockin’ For A Living, comes another top shelf disc from the former main man of The Leftovers. Brand New Beat turns up the amps a bit, bringing forth song after song of powerful powerpop, gleaning bits from The Cars (‘Partied Out’, ‘Weekend Girls’), Jailbreak-era Thin Lizzy (‘Hit The Ground’, ‘Qualified’) and The Rubinoos, with a shot of steroids (‘Don’t Go Falling In Love’, ‘She Can Do It All’). ‘I Don’t Wanna Cry’ skillfully recalls those doo-wop days. The ballads are wonderful as well, with the jangle of ‘How Many Times’ being particularly resonating.
Brand New Beat may be the one album of 2012, which best exemplifies powerpop as requiring both the power and the pop. And when you add in the indelible hooks, you’ve certainly got a winner.