Monday, November 26, 2012

Album Review: Brand New Beat

Title:  Brand New Beat (BandCamp [Collector’s Club Records], BandCamp [Kurt Baker], Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)

Kurt Baker is a power pop powerhouse.  This man knows how to create a hook and write an infectious tune and his latest album Brand New Beat is filled with both.  For those who have never heard Baker's, just imagine Elvis Costello (the early years before he sucked) fronting Cheap Trick (also the early years).  Here’s what you need to know about Brand New Beat—the record consists of ten of the best power pop songs ever written.  This stuff is in the same league as “Surrender,” “Cruel to be Kind,” and “Goodbye to You;” it is seriously that good.  The fact that this isn’t huge and Baker isn’t ruling Top 40 radio is an absolute crime.  This record is a must for fans of power pop and great rock ‘n’ roll.     

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