Quick Spins: Post Malone, ’70’s & 80’s Power Pop

Post Malone

Hollywood’s Bleeding (Republic)

www.postmalone.com

As pop stars go, Post Malone could never be called boring. While his records do sound as slick as anything else falling under the category of “pop,” there are always interesting elements that are unexpected, like the dark electric guitar of the single “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” played against an R&B beat.

There are some interesting guest players along for the ride. Indeed, who would expect to find Halsey, Lil Baby & Ozzy Osbourne on the same record? Malone is good with a hook, too. Whereas a lot of his contemporaries rely on a beat or synth line to get their ideas across, Malone sneaks in melodies and rap refrains that stick in your brain. I was pleasantly surprised.

Various Artists

Come On Let’s Go! Power Pop Gems

From The ’70’s & ’80’s (Big Beat)

www.acerecords.co.uk

Shining a light on the power pop music of the ’70’s and 80’s, Big Beat Records has unleashed a humdinger of a collection. What’s “power pop?”, you might ask. You know how The Romantics’ mega-hit “What I Like About You” is crazy catchy? Well, here’s a record with that hit and twenty-three others, that are equally as ear-wormy.

The Raspberrys’ “I Wanna Be With You” is often pointed to as classic power pop, as is Shoes’ “Tomorrow Night.” Both are here, swimming in a sea of a.m. radio goodness. Additional tracks by The Rubinoos, Bill Lloyd, The Spongetones, The Flamin’ Groovies and others, make this a must-have for fans of the genre.

 

New Releases:

The Highwomen/The Highwomen (Elektra)

Post Malone/Hollywood’s Bleeding (Republic)

Lindsey Stirling/Artemis (BMG)

Chrissie Hynde/Valve Bone Woe (BMG)

Johnny Gill/Game Changer II (Kavalry)

Death Cab For Cutie/The Blue EP (Atlantic)

Guster/Keep It Together (Nettwerk)

Missy Elliott/Iconology (Atlantic)

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