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Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Music, News, Powerpop | 0 comments

CD Review: Kyle Urban & Rocket Bureau – Phantoms Ringing 67-73

CD Review: Kyle Urban & Rocket Bureau – Phantoms Ringing 67-73

We start off 2016 with Rocket Bureau‘s Phantoms Ringing 67-73, one of Kyle Urban’s numerous projects. I don’t have a great familiarity with Urban’s previous work but after hearing this release, I’ll have to make an effort to become familiar it. There’s some really fun stuff here.

kyle urban rocket bureauThe first thing a listener should know is that Phantoms Ringing 67-73 is a collection of singles that had been previously recorded with some brand new material added to fill out the collection. The variety of styles and influences make it appeal to a wide array of tastes.

As the title of the disc might suggest, Rocket Bureau borrows from a very rich period for pop (67-73, one would assume) and does so without being overly derivative at any point. The opening track, “Silhouette”, is a first rate, uptempo powerpop number. “Go Away Girl” is early British-invasion pop and a hook-filled gem. We get a little Sam Cooke with the track “Night Time”, followed by “She Dreams in Colors”, a psyche-pop single that fans of the Beatles’ Rubber Soul – Revolver period will no doubt enjoy. “Clarabelle” has a great Byrds vibe to it.

It’s been quite some timer since I heard a bubblegum track I liked. Well, that changed once I heard “Choosy Suzy”, a track that has all the trappings of a fine bubblegum song from the 60’s. Right out of the Chinn/Chapman playbook, It’s short, hooky and captures teenage social tensions quite well. Gotta love it.

That’s a rundown on just a few tracks but every one is a little different and all are worth hearing. Rocket Bureau’s Phantoms Ringing 67-73 is a very pleasant way to start the new year in power pop. Pick this one up from Kool Kat Musik.

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