October 17, 2008

Andy Bopp - This Guitar Kills Singer Songwriters (2008)

This was one of those albums that I immediately wished I sampled before I downloaded it off eMusic. In spite of its name, I loved Myracle Brah. That band lead me back to Love Nut, which was also awesome. Andy Bopp fronted both bands. And this new album is on Rainbow Quartz, my go to power pop label. I can't help coming in with high expectations.

It's not that it's a bad album, just disappointing. With his voice only accompanied by an acoustic guitar, the songs feel more intimate with a greater focus on the lyrics. I have different versions for 7 out of the 12 songs on the album and in a head to head comparison the new stripped down versions just don't hold up. His voice still sounds good, but I miss the buzzing guitar and thumping drums. The songs are just less catchy. It seems like an album to sell at shows on a solo tour.