Reviews by Girard

Welcome to the first edition of “Reviews By Girard” an eclectic collection of reviews by Girard Gérard, the wonderful host of the Pop Dreams radio show in France. I have included both his original review in French and my attempted translation. Grab a baguette and bottle of Bordeaux and enjoy!

Frank BROWN “Out of the blue” (Record Cellar)

Une très bonne surprise Pop provenant d’un label indépendant plutot roots. Déjà le 5e album pour le membre de Flight of Mavis et Buzz Zeemer. Morceaux courts et poppy à souhait avec des mélodies accrocheuses et la très belle voix de Frank. A découvrir d’urgence.

A real pop surprise from an independent label known more for “roots” style music. The fifth album from this member of Flight of Mavis and Buzz Zeemer. Short poppy pieces with beautiful melodies and the great voice of Frank. To be experienced immediately.

Marc CARROLL “World on a wire” (Evangeline Records)

L’ancien chanteur des Hormones nous revient avec un album presque hors du temps. Symphonique dans l’esprit avec arrangements de cordes et un rythme lent et solennel. Tous les instruments utilisés le sont par lui même ainsi que la production. Très personnel et attachant.

The former singer of the Hormones returns with an almost timeless album. Symphonic in the spirit with arrangements of chords and a slow and solemn rhythm. All the instruments used are performed by him as well as the album production. Very personal and engaging.

Danny Mc DONALD “Fibrotones” (Off The Hip Records)

3e album solo de l’ancien Jericho et P76, ce mec est un des maitres de la power pop australienne et de la planète entière. Sa voix reconnaissable entre toutes, ses compositions qu’elles soient électriques ou acoustiques sont mémorisables de suite et votre journée va être sauvée grâce à elles. Probablement le digne héritier de Dom Mariani (Stems, DM3). Un must de 2005.

3rd album solo of old Jericho and P76, this guy is one of the veterans of the Australian power pop scene and indeed of the whole planet. With his instantly recognizable voice throughout, his songs which feature both electric and acoustic numbers are memorable and your day will be saved thanks to them. Probably the worthy heir to Dom Mariani (Stems, DM3). A must-have of 2005.

Steve TILSTON “songs from the dress rehearsal” (Market Square Rds)

Un des grands oubliés de la scène folk rock anglaise des 70s. Ami de Bert Jansh, John Renbourne et autre John Martyn, cette réedition d’un album sorti dans l’anonymat en 1976 est une sacrée révélation. Voix particulière et extraordinaire, morceaux sublimes teintés souvent de mélancolie, guitare acoustique virtuose, accompagnement remarquable et discret (Michael Mc Giles ex-King Crimson, Rupert Hine) Tout cela va vous faire voyager dans le temps et permettra je le souhaite que Steve retrouve sa place aux cotés de Nick Drake et Fairport Convention.

Largely forgotten from the English folk scene of the ‘70s and a friend of Bert Jansh, John Renbourne and John Martyn, this reissue of an album released in obscurity in 1976 is a crowning revelation. Particular and extraordinary voice, pieces often tinted with hints of sublime melancholy, an acoustic guitar virtuoso with remarkable and discrete accompaniment (Michael Mc Giles ex-King Crimson, Rupert Hine) Listening to this will transport you back in time. It is my hope and wish that Steve will find his place alongside Nick Drake and Fairport Convention in the pantheon of British folk.

By Girard Gérard