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This Is Now and Then

by Clockwise

'This is Now and ... Then' is the fourth full length release from Clockwise. The Clockwise sound has been dubbed as "the bastard son of Joe Jackson, Graham Parker and Elvis Costello" by David Bash/the International Pop Overthrow.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Don't Know
4:26 $0.99
2. Still Got It Bad
3:56 $0.99
3. All I Want Is Everything
3:55 $0.99
4. Sugar-Coat It
3:48 $0.99
5. I Really Don't Understand
3:19 $0.99
6. Broken-Hearted Again
2:24 $0.99
7. Catch Me Now I'm Falling
3:58 $0.99
8. Someone or Something New
3:16 $0.99
9. What's the Big Secret?
3:04 $0.99
10. Attraction
4:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
A review of 'This is Now and ... Then' by author Robert Lawson:

Clockwise is a loose assemblage of Toronto musician Claude Kent and his rotating bunch of locals. The 2015 album This Is Now And...Then is a near-perfect presentation of principled song craft showcasing intelligent, wry lyricism with a welcoming blast of adult pop arrangements. Kent's a detail specialist who never lets his own romantic shortcomings escape his reflective gaze. In pure pop tradition, the hooks are in the melodies not the guitar work.

The album opens with "I Don't Know" a Nick Lowe type track with a purposeful lead vocal, warm organ flourishes and a tight drum sound. A dreamy intro begins "Still Got It Bad" which has friendly hand-claps during the concise guitar solo. Kent leans hard into the chorus ("I bet you still got it bad!") with increased determination. Another winner straight out of the gate, "All I Want Is Everything" has sugary harmony vocals and the immortal refrain, "all I want is everything in the world, all I need is everything and the girl". On "Sugar Coat It", Kent channels his inner Graham Parker over squealing feedback. The album's sunny upbeat vibe takes a dark turn on "Someone Or Something New". Here Kent explores dark introspection stating "since you put me down I've been riddled with doubt".

Why this album didn't get wider exposure upon release is a mystery. Recommended for fans of Rockpile, Elvis Costello, Squeeze etc. - Robert Lawson

Album review by Carson 'Crash' Rowsell of Canadian Beats Media

Power Pop is a heavy name for a very catchy genre. Cheap Trick, Blondie and Weezer are a few bands who call this genre home. Out of sheer curiosity, I decided to listen to Clockwise‘s newest album, This is Now and… Then and I was pleasantly surprised.

As a fan of Cheap Trick, I instantly got into this album. It’s the perfect album to listen to and just chill out. I could see this band playing at a bar in the downtown area and have a great crowd nodding or dancing along to their every word and beat.

“All I Need is Everything” is a super catchy song. It has a Tragically Hip style beat to it while other songs like “I Really Don’t Understand” slow it down to a classic Hair Metal Power Rock ballad but it blends really well together. If you have a liking for good classic style rock music, this variety is a great choice.

Clockwise have a unique sound that is rarely seen these days. They are trying to bring back a style that has remained relatively untapped in recent years and I’m excited to see what else they bring in the next decade, hopefully, they can help headline a new musical revolution. - Carson 'Crash' Rowsell



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