“I’d Love One of Those Great Melodic Pop Albums for My Holiday Gift.” That’s Easy.

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Our 2018 Holiday Gift-Giving Guide is in full swing. We’ve got more suggestions for great gifts for your melodic pop-loving friends and family. We lead off today’s post with the new album from Louise Goffin…

Louise Goffin | All These Hellos
(Majority of One, 2018)
An exceptional dialog driven by melody and emotion, All These Hellos is a steamer trunk full of memories placed under a microscope to help us figure our place under the sun.

Anchored by Goffin’s lovely, fragile vocals and superb playing from star musicians such as Fernando Perdomo (whose latest album is reviewed tomorrow), these 10 songs are quite an attractive showcase for superlative songwriting. The artist is clearly invested in these slices of reflective pop; such is the strength of communication with the listener.

The mystical duet with Rufus Wainwright, “Chinatown,” benefits from a lovely melody, peerless singing, and an exquisite string arrangement by Van Dyke Parks. This song, about magic and inspiration alive in a moment, is perfectly placed, coming right before the equally spiritual feel of “Turn to Gold,” its ambience bolstered by a stream of percussive and instrumental grace.

Goffin embraces her pop side with a number of straight ahead, upbeat charmers. “Good Times Call” is a soulful and very catchy sixties-esque pop number about being in love and feeling it. “Life Lessons,” another upbeat pop tune with piano at its core and punctuated by horns, is about being true to yourself and following your heart. And the title song is an inviting mid-tempo number about needing the memories of a childhood place to fade.

“Bridge of Sighs,” the mid-tempo ballad that closes these proceedings, is about investing in a relationship while wondering what the payoff is. The gorgeous chorus is sung in harmony; wordless bursts of harmony come alive towards the end.

It’s difficult to talk about a Louise Goffin album without broaching her lineage. She is, of course, the daughter of… well, if you don’t know, you’ll investigate, and if you do, consider yourself ahead of the game. Adding All These Hellos to your shopping list puts you ahead of the game, too.

black box Where to Get It: Amazon, iTunes

Kai Danzberg with Lisa Mychols | “Just Let Me Know”
(Big Stir, 2018)
Up-and-comer Kai Danzberg teams with powerhouse singer-songwriter Lisa Mychols for a catchy, high-energy pop tune that is sure to please. Heavy snare hits, guitars, keys and thumping bass merge for a breathless, explosive four-minute thrill ride that bodes quite well for Danzberg’s upcoming 2019 album on Big Stir, Not Only Sunshine. Terrific.

Where to Get It: Big Stir Digital Singles

Super 8 | Hi Lo
(Futureman, 2018)
He said he’d pull off the tough go of a 2018 hat trick, getting three albums out in a single year, and he’s done it, done it good.

Paul Ryan, d/b/a Super 8, has ended the year with another top-flight recording, 11 strong songs about employing hopefulness along one’s path through life. A fine slice of subject matter, you’ll likely agree.

“Angels and Neil Diamond” is a tremendous piece of writing, an easygoing, acoustic look back on childhood’s glory days, reliving one’s youth through good times and bad. It’s a lovely, affecting song that is followed by proof that the title is holly holy. Ryan presents a clever take on Diamond’s wonderful “Cherry, Cherry,” which is pretty life affirming on its own, especially in Ryan’s recasting of the tune as part garage, part coffee house, and all Super 8.

The Rolling Stones nod, “Good Times” (“Had enough of the bad times”), is a happy stroke in the running order, as is the pop-folk hybrid “Bob Dylan Said That,” about getting by in life with your own vision, and, no doubt, following on from what you’ve learned from the bard’s poetry.

The hits just keep on coming; you’ll love every one of them, delivered in Ryan’s emotive style. And for those of you wondering why the man didn’t go for four albums in a single year, just remember…there’s always 2019.

Where to Get It: Futureman, Kool Kat Musik

P. Hux | This is the One
(Nine 18, 2018)

Eleven songs strong, as much rock as pop, with typically melodic and memorable results, This is the One is a great addition to the Parthenon Huxley catalog. Hux handles all of the guitars and pours the coffee; the supporting players, from drummer Ricky Wise and bassist David Phenicie to keyboard player Dan Clarke and beyond, keep the melodies flowing in catchy numbers like “Running Home to You,” “Real Tough Day,” a mid-tempo melodic relationship song, and the quite catchy “Honey Sweet Baby.” Hux fans: this is the one for you.

black box Where to Get It: CD Baby, Amazon, P. Hux Store

More Great 2018 Releases, Perfect for Gift Giving

We’ve reviewed many terrific 2018 releases recently, any of which would make great gifts for the melodic pop fans in your life. Here are just a few (click on the links to read our reviews and then add the releases to your shopping list):

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It’s Here: The Playlist for Last Night’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show! Check it Out!

pop tunes disc smallWe popped and we rolled and felt the good vibes of catchy melodic tunes designed to put a big smile on your faces! The fourth edition of Pop Tunes, hosted by Alan Haber, premiered last night (if you missed it, it plays again this Thursday, September 3, at noon ET (9 am PT) and this Sunday, September 6, at 3 pm ET (noon PT).

Here’s what Alan played last night:

Set One: One and Begun
The Cowsills | “Hair” from The Best of the Cowsills

Set Two: Whole Lotta Beautiful!
Pop 4 | “Beautiful” from Summer
Parthenon Huxley | “Beautiful” from Thank You, Bethesda
The Beach Boys | “It’s a Beautiful Day” from 10 Years of Harmony
Dada | “Beautiful Turnback Time Machine” from Dada
The Rascals | “A Beautiful Morning” from Ultimate

Set Three: Rhodes Still Traveled
Emitt Rhodes | “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” (Split 45)
The Merry-Go-Round | “Textile Factory”
Ray Paul | “‘Til the Day After” from Rhodes of Perfection (Unreleased)
Ray Paul (with Emitt Rhodes) | “Some Sing, Some Dance” from The Charles Beat
Emitt Rhodes | “Farewell to Paradise” from Farewell to Paradise

Set Four: New and Nearly-New at Pure Pop Radio
Pugwash | “The Fool I Had Become” from Play this Intimately (As if Among Friends)
Scot Sax and Suzie Brown | “Two Babies” from Our Album Doesn’t Like You Either
The Universal Thump | “Sunset Park” from Walking the Cat: The Abbey Road EP
Nick Piunti | “It’s a Trap” from Beyond the Static

Set Five | The Songs We Were Playing
David Myhr | “Record Collection” from Soundshine and the Record Collection digital EP
Phenomenal Cat | “Mellow Lane” from Postcards from the British Empire
Fun of the Pier | “Fun of the Pier (I Can See the Sea)” from I Can See the Sea
Graham Gouldman | “The Halls of Rock ‘n’ Roll” from Love and Work

Set Six | Beatle Blast
Stackridge | “Something About the Beatles” from Something for the Weekend

Set Seven | One and Done
Glen Campbell | “Guess I’m Dumb” from Pet Projects: The Brian Wilson Productions

purepoplogoWe hope you enjoyed this week’s show. It was a lot of fun! Join Alan next Monday night, September 7, at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) for an all new episode of Pop Tunes.

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Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes is Tonight’s Top Spot for Top Tunes from Yesterday and Today!

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Handmade Pop Tunes logo, crocheted by Pure Pop Radio Station Manager Janet Haber

Tonight’s fourth edition of Pop Tunes, Alan Haber’s popular deejay show on Pure Pop Radio, is off and running at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) with a whole lot of melodic pop lovin’, hooks galore, and catchy melodies that sing!

Kicking off with a “hairy” blast from the past from the Cowsills, tonight’s show delivers a set of “beautiful” songs from such artists as the Rascals, Parthenon Huxley, and Pop 4. An extended set with five classic songs from Emitt Rhodes and artists that have covered his tunes is next; Emitt’s great cover of the Bee Gees’ “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” released last year on Record Store Day, is first out of the box.

pugwashPugwash leads a powerhouse pack of new and nearly-new songs now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: Scot Sax and Susie Brown, the Universal Thump and Nick Piunti are also spinning in this set. A set of songs that were playing when Pure Pop Radio first signed on three years ago is up next, featuring the catchy sounds of David Myhr, Phenomenal Cat, Fun of the Pier, and Graham Gouldman.

glen campbellThe weekly Beatle Blast, from Stackridge, and a blast from the past from Glen Campbell close out this edition of Pop Tunes. Alan hopes you’ll join him for another 75 minutes of the greatest melodic pop in the universe, topped with a healthy smattering of deejay patter! See you on the radio!

purepoplogoAlan Haber’s Pop Tunes is a cool deejay show playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. The show airs every Monday night at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio, and repeats on Thursday afternoons at noon ET (9 am PT) and Sundays at 3 pm ET (noon PT). Please like us on Facebook by clicking here.

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