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  • Audio CD (12 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Counter
  • ASIN: B000JFXTW2
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pop Levi - The Return to Form Black Magick Party

BBC Review

With a name like Pop (real name Jonathan - middle name Pop), born in London, now residing in LA via Liverpool, how could this man not end up fronting a band?

Equal parts Jean Shrimpton and the Kinks, Pop Levi and his band certainly look the part, and his musical trajectory - the experimental three-piece Super Numeri, bass duties, a tour and some writing with electro-popsters Ladytron - is enough on its own to persuade many newcomers to start listening.

The first two tracks are also the first two singles (''Sugar Assault Me Now'' and last year's ''Blue Honey') and great openers. The deliberate sonic swagger of Marc Bolan is instantly apparent - moogs, dextrous guitars, hand claps, strings and tambourines underlay Levi's acid-fried vocals.

But it isn't supposed to be retro or manufactured and for the most part doesn't sound like it, these aren't formula pop songs, he's genuinely trying to craft original compositions that move in new directions but with a genuinely reverent nod to the hard partying genre-smashers of the past. ''Dollar Bill Rock'', for example, sounds like Bill Haley, with The Doors on keyboards.

If you like that idea, you'll probably like the album too.

The first six tracks represent the energy and motivation of the whole outfit in their best light, maintaining the right energy with differing emphasis. Later efforts contain all the mystical folk and glam party-pop cues, but in spite of consistently slick production they lack depth and sound like they're falling apart as they play.

Aside from these idiosyncrasies the album works well as a whole, but doesn't quite reach the heights of the artists that inspired and informed it. --Eamonn Stack

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lukey Boy on 16 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I saw Pop Levi live a few months back at the Water Rats and it's fair to say they blew my mind. Pop Levi, the frontman and writer comes across as being possessed by the spirits of Jimi Hendrix (with his guitar solo's), Marc Bolan (the glam-influenced sound), Prince (his dance moves in stage) and Beck (in how current it sounds). The band are tight to and look the part, the drummer has to be the best rock drummer since Keith Moon (ok so that may be pushing it!). But seriously i cant wait for this album, ive heard quite a few tracks from the singles," Sugar Assault Me Now" is an Indie Dancefloor anthem, "Blue Honey" is like Led Zepplein for a new century and "From The Day You Were Born" is like a ballad that John Lennon would make if he were still alive today. They both come from Liverpool, so maybe he has his spirit too. Pop Levi could well be one of the smashes of 2007, and are in with a big chance of the Mercury Prize i'd say, like me i would buy this record on Feb 12th and go and see them before everyone else catches on at the summer festivals...
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Quicke on 18 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Press Quotes for "Pop Levi Press Quotes do far..."

"Imagine Bolan produced by Prince, then scrambled by Beck, and you're only halfway there." UNCUT 4/5

"We've got a feeling that things are going pop off big time for this swaggering LA psyche child"

DAZED

"Less singer-songwriter, more junk yard Beck, this former member of Ladytron impressed Ninja Tune so much they gave him his own Counter Records imprint. And on the evidence of this first five-track ep, no wonder"

OMM - HOT TUNES

"Trippy, sexy, wickedly produced, deeply psychedelic glam rock"

MIX MAG

"A timeless glam racket from LA based Levi."

MUSIC WEEK - PLAYLIST

"This English born, L.A based multi-instrumentalist comes across as a convincing `modern T-Rex'....forthcoming album `The Return To Form Black Magick Party' should easily break him to a (deserved) large audience'

*****DMC UPDATE

"Rockabilly-tinged mentalist rock....astoundingly good"

WHAT'S ON

`Fully tremendous rock and roll soul...his gigs are things of craziness and wonder"

WORD

"A solo master of psych-glam-garage-blues-rock"

"debut EP 'Blue Honey' is one of the most infectious yet mind-blowing things you'll have heard"

"new psychlord on the block whose densely layered acid glam anthems are what Aphex Twin would sound like if he played astral rock'n'roll instead of techno"

TIME OUT

"..plays the sort of snake-hipped glam boogie that Kings Of Leon might if they'd spent the summer locked up in Noddy Holder's cellar"

NME

`Sugar Assault Me Now is no tiresome pastiche. From the moment the piledriving drums steam into the buzzsaw guitar, it's a blaze of discordant glory. The hint of S&M in the lyrics is simply the icing on the cake.

MUSIC WEEK

"Definitely a one off"

ONE WEEK TO LIVE
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
His future looks bright, but the present can be dull. 28 Feb. 2007
By Cale E. Reneau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There's always one that you just don't understand. An album that receives near-unanimous praise, but you can't really understand where it's all coming from. Pop Levi has been around for a while, making brief appearances with several other artists, the most notable of which is probably Ladytron. "The Return to Form Black Magick Party," however, is the artist's first solo album and first opportunity to gain fans of his own. He tries, but oftentimes the album feels more like he's trying too hard to impress. Sometimes it works, sometimes it's just utterly confusing. One thing's for sure, in the 40 plus minutes of Pop Levi's debut there's probably something for everyone, just not enough of it.

The album actually starts off on a high note with the driving distortion and piercing vocals of "Sugar Assault Me Now." Despite a few deliberately missed notes, the song is energetic, fun, and admittedly pretty catchy. Here, as he does throughout the album, Levi stacks layers upon layers of vocals and guitars to make the songs sound fuller and more complete. It works quite well. This great song is followed by the album's first single and arguably strongest song, "Blue Honey." The song is plagued by a repetitive bass line, but is saved by the artist's vocal performance in the chorus ("It's the way you squeeze me, baby"). It sounds like the better moments of classic rock, often stepping into Led Zepplin territory, without fully sounding like a rip-off.

"(A Style Called) Cryin' Chic" has a steady groove to it, but not much else to offer. The lyrics here are repetitive to the point of being annoying. Essentially, Levi takes one line, repeats it four times, and then does the same thing with about a dozen other lines. The actual 2-bar guitar riff doesn't ever change throughout the song, which just adds to the repetitiveness of it. "Pick Me Up Uppercut" is probably my favorite song on the album, despite it being the most obnoxious song since Aqua's "Barbie Girl." It has a very unique appeal to it, and sounds like a mix between glam rock and The Go-Gos.

The album goes off the deep-end from here, never really recapturing the energy or appeal that it began with. "Dollar Bill Rock" is a futile attempt at classic rock n roll, though one could definitely assume that it would be a better song live than it is here. "Flirting" lends the help of a xylophone to give it a more friendly feel, but like so many other songs on the album, it suffers from being incredibly repetitive. To be honest, "From the Day That You Were Born" is the album's only real notable track throughout it's second half. Levi plays acoustic guitar and sings, but not much else is happening. On an album that is full of layers and layers of vocals, guitars, and other noise, the song serves as a peaceful and welcomed break. It ends the album on a positive note, which is always appreciated.

If "The Return to Form Black Magick Party" is the best that Pop Levi has to offer, his career will either be short-lived or elongated on a wave of hype. Fortunately for the artist, however, the album seems to really be the tip of the iceberg for Levi. Though it's really hit or miss, it's high points are good enough to get even the most skeptical listener excited for what this artist has yet to do. That's enough of a reason to give it a listen in my book. Pop Levi is a name you might want to remember, even if this album isn't your thing.

Recommended for fans of classic rock and anyone who wants to hear what the future of indie rock could very well sound like.

Key Tracks:

1. "Sugar Assault Me Now"

2. "Blue Honey"

3. "Pick Me Up Uppercut"

4. "From the Day That You Were Born"

5 out of 10 Stars
Taste of yet to come. 13 Mar. 2008
By Jarrod Haze - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
So I stumbled into Schubas in Chicago one day and the next band up was Pop Levi. Aside from having incredible stage presence, awkward dance moves that have to be seen to appreciate, and an overall fun vibe to the music he manages to record a fine album as well.

From the catchy yet grinding hooks of Blue Honey and Sugar Assault Me Now, to the sweeter From the Day that You Were Born, and the always fun Dollar Bill Rock... I don't know what else to say. Every song on here is entirely enjoyable and always good to listen to, but all of them for completely different reasons. The unifying theme being unique, yet entirely familiar all at once.

He's into numerology as well, so there's a lot of that going on in here. I guess this can be called "true" math rock.

On his website you can preview some songs from his album coming out in April, which will be sure to impress. (along with some weird videos and random blogs... an interesting, creative individual this Poppy is) He has taken his sound to a new level, and if you like this album at all the next one will be a must, as well as catching a live performance.

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First major release from a talented rising star. 13 Mar. 2008
By Jarrod Haze - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
So I stumbled into Schubas in Chicago one day and the next band up was Pop Levi. Aside from having incredible stage presence, awkward dance moves that have to be seen to appreciate, and an overall fun vibe to the music he manages to record a fine album as well.

From the catchy yet grinding hooks of Blue Honey and Sugar Assault Me Now, to the sweeter From the Day that You Were Born, and the always fun Dollar Bill Rock... I don't know what else to say. Every song on here is entirely enjoyable and always good to listen to, but all of them for completely different reasons. The unifying theme being unique, yet entirely familiar all at once.

He's into numerology as well, so there's a lot of that going on in here. I guess this can be called "true" math rock.

On his website you can preview some songs from his album coming out in April, which will be sure to impress. (along with some weird videos and random blogs... an interesting, creative individual this Poppy is) He has taken his sound to a new level, and if you like this album at all the next one will be a must, as well as catching a live performance.

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Pop-Rock Perfection 16 Sept. 2011
By Harper Sedgwick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
English multi-instrumentalist, Jonathan Pop Levi, has to-date released two cds: Return to Form Black Majick Party (2006) and Never Never Love (2008). Songs from an unreleased cd (2010) are available on the net. Pop Levi clearly knows his classic rock, and a few of the songs here are straight rock numbers: Blue Honey and Mornin' Light (where Pop channels the mighty Robert Plant circa 1973). Other songs are acoustic-based, folk-inflected songs (the strongest of the lot): Cryin' Chic, Skip Ghetto, Flirting, and From the Day that You Were Born. The remainder are wild pop-rock songs: Sugar Assault Me, Pick Me Uppercut, Dollar Bill Rock, Hades Lady (my favorite of this group, with Dollar Bill Rock a close second). Pop-Levi's pop-rock has something of the early 80s in them. Finally, one track, See My Lord, is experimental. Never Never Love is every bit as accomplished as this cd is, the only difference being that Return to Form Black Majick Party is a bit rawer, leaner. Both are very well recorded, engineered, and produced. File somewhere between Beck and The Dandy Warhols. Enjoy, Harper
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Good if you're in the mood... 22 May 2007
By Rob. Charlton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Pop Levi has me betwixt and between. Some days I love this album. On others, I can't stand it.

This is at times almost bubblegum pop, done very well. There are elements of T-Rex, but also hints of techno. The tracks vary widely in sound and feel, and there does seem to be plenty of evidence to suggest Pop Levi is very inventive. From experience, this is a good party record. If you're in the mood for melody, harmony and meaningful lyrics though, go elsewhere.
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