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3.0 out of 5 stars The world needs power pop, perhaps not this one, 13 Nov 2007
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There's no doubt that the world needs a good power pop anthology - and I bought this based on a couple of tracks I loved, and a couple of bands I liked - but I have to say its a bit of a disappointment; all over the place really. What is power pop after all? Its that post-Beatles/Who type of tuneful rock music that has singularly failed to make the charts in the next 30 years. Its Badfinger's "Come and Get it", its "I think we're alone now" (in any version), its Big Star (not included here) doing "Thirteen" - and perhaps over the last few years its been Elliot Smith at his best, or even the Posies "Frosting on the Beater" - yet, none of these are included here, and it reeks a little of those poorly focussed Northern Soul compilations that major labels come out with now and then. There are gems - the Pursuit of Happiness "Hard to Laugh" (one of the songs I already had) remains a wonder, but I kind of think that latterday Liverpool could have been better served than with the Pete Wylie and Pale Fountains tracks included here. And the best power pop track of the 80s - Cheap Trick's "If you want my love, you've got it" - is nowhere to be found. What you most notice is how this compilation is more pop and less power, which kind of misses the point. Power pop begat glam, and more recently, "indie" owes it a debt, but this album is a missed opportunity. Give me the keys to the vaults and I'll come up with something far better!
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