Grand Rapids Major Murphy play crunchy jangly power pop which nods all the way back to the Beatles, Big Star and Badfinger. This ten track album joyfully re-works 70's radio rock with stinging guitars, lashings of harmony and classic songwriting that often sounds like George Harrison re-incarnated.
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I can't ever imagine Big Star using a buzzing synth but it's that very instrument which barges its way into otherwise the Beatles 'esque opener 'No1'. Actually the Beatles bit comes solely because one of the chord changes sounds like 'Dear Prudence’ but what it does do is prove that songwriter Jacob Bullard is going to use the kind of chords we may remember from the era of classic rock. He sets about creating a crunchy melodic thing that is not in any way afraid to sound like the Raspberries.
I’m struggling to find actual songs but I’m enjoying the Rolling Stones boogie of ‘Radi-Yum’ probably because it has a chorus that has all the yearning of Alex Chilton at his most skyscraping. Likewise ballads such as ‘My CC Blues’ aim at the twisting emotional depth of those heartbreaking ballads produced by the likes of the dBs and Game Theory. It’s the moment I become impressed by Bullard and as the album wears on he seems to fit into his sound in the same way as you would breaking in a new pair of shoes. He veers ‘Radio City’ like between full on balls out power pop and sensitive weepy balladeering and I kind of need to listen to this a few times to confirm that he’s onto something but I really enjoyed this an in particular closer ‘Lisa, Robbi and Me’ a classic slice of 70s rock with nods to Lou Reed, David Bowie.
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