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The best powerpop record since, like, ever.
on 31 July 2013
I'm an avid fan of all things Ginger and, while it's a difficult to compile my favourite albums from his vast back catalogue, Hey! Hello! has very quickly shot up the list.
If there's one thing Ginger can do as well as any songwriter I've heard, it's write a hook. That's what I've always loved about his songwriting, the message in his lyrics getting under your skin so much more effectively because they're wrapped around these incredibly catchy melodies. All ten of these songs are completely inundated with great hooks. Big shiny ones, at that.
There's nothing particularly technical going on with the instrumentation, but there doesn't need to be. It's solid. Ginger plays every instrument on the record, and is joined on vocals by the lovely and talented Victoria Liedtke who adds substantially to Hey! Hello!'s charm.
Highlights for me include Black Valentine, Why Can't I Be Me Without You?, I'm Gonna Kiss You Like I'm Going Away, and We're Outta Here. They're all highlights, really. The album currently sits deservedly at #1 on the UK album charts. Go geddit.