Paul Collins’ Out of My Head
Paul Collins never ceases to amaze me. No matter how old he gets, he never gets old. His latest LP, Out of My Head, is nothing less than a testament to one man’s undying love for rock ‘n’ roll.
He has the same unbridled enthusiasm for playing melodic power pop that he had when he started almost 40 years ago. Most importantly, he hasn’t lost his touch for writing a killer hook.
The appropriately titled “Go” has the same motor that one might have expected from a PC song circa 1980. “Midnight Special” has a similar charm. You’ll find yourself singing aloud to “Kind of Girl”. Thanks in part to it’s hand claps and harmonies, “Just Too Bad You’re Leaving” is a candidate for first single on an album that’s chock full of ‘em.
Things slow down with “Emily”, an Everly Brothers style tune that is no less satisfying than its more up tempo counterparts. And “You Belong to Me” is power pop the way God intended it. No frills, all hook and no filler.