Numerous though they are, very few of the recent Beatles/Big Star inspired bands cut the mustard like these dudes and label mates Cotton Mather - American combos who effortlessly conjure up post Lennon/Macca melodies that leave you swooning in a fashion not encountered since the now almost legendary Jellyfish or the dBs. However unlike the Jellys, Myracle Brah stick to narrower parameters - no smirking Toto or Supertramp steals for these guys - it's 65-67 Beatles via Big Star pretty much all the way : crafty emulation gives rise to real inspiration on their 3rd album here. Standout tracks are the upbeat, clanging electric guitar ballad 'Message 78' [a single] which peaks on some spine chilling harmonies and 'When She Cries', a characteristically 'Revolver'esque electric jangle fest. Anyone who loves Power Pop with both an edge AND true songwriting craftsmanship should buy this IMMEDIATELY. Also, though not as consistently accomplished as this album, also recommended is the earlier 'Life On Planet Eartsnop', if simply for the earlier meisterwerk track 'Whisper Softly'- another guaranteed ticket to Power Pop Heaven for the afficionado. But once you hear this album you'll be acquiring 'em all. A promise!
Where have The Myracle Brah been all my life? I wish I had discovered sooner, thats for sure. This is the first album of theirs that I got hold of, after being recommended them by a friend, and it is simply the best collection of heart-wrenching back-beat tunes I have ever heard. Forget what Oasis tried to do to become the new Beatles, these guys have done it. It is a throw back to the 60's Meresybeat sound, but with an up to date production, and it works superbly. There is not one song on this album that lets it down, and there are one or two tunes that will stand out from the crowd, but generally it is just a fantastic collection of wonderful songs. I cannot stress strongly enough how good this band is, and what a fool you would be not to listen to them. My only regret is only discovering them in 2001!