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Fanboy

by Greg Pope

Brit-tinged Powerpop with a Southern Kick
Genre: Rock: British Invasion
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1. New Beginning
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2. King of the Scene
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3. Fanboy
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4. Greater Threat
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5. Agent Unknown
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6. Galileo
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7. Pretend It's Yesterday
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8. Sleeping Dogs (Acoustic)
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9. How It Ends
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10. By Your Side
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11. Pied Piper
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12. Help Yourself (2015)
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Album Notes
Produced by Greg Pope
Recorded at Octoberville Studios, Franklin Tn
All songs composed by Greg Pope except Pretend It's Yesterday: Music by Asher Pope and Greg Pope. Lyrics by Greg Pope.
Greg Pope: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums
David Sprouse: Drums on New Beginning, King of the Scene, Agent Unknown, Galileo, Pied Piper, and Help Yourself.
Noah Pope: Drums on How it Ends
Asher Pope: Guitar on Pretend It's Yesterday, Sleeping Dogs, and How It Ends.
©2015 Greg Pope

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It's easy to be a Greg Pope Fan boy
First, a disclosure. I am Greg Pope fan boy and own everything he's released. Unfortunately, I don't think Pope has a lot of fan boys and that's a shame. Power Pop artists aren't exactly burning up the charts these days, but Greg Pope is as creative and prolific as any other, and I devote most of my listening time to the genre.

Rating a new release like "Fanboy" is tough, especially when it's as immediately catchy and accessible as this. It hasn't had time to sink in or age yet, so where it ranks among Pope's already amazing catalog is tough to gauge. I can see "Fanboy" becoming a favorite, though. It's got a punchier, cleaner sound than his previous output (ordered the Deluxe CD version from Pope's online store...sorry CDBaby). And my god, the songs contained here really couldn't be any more addicting.

I'm not going to spend time describing who Pope sounds like because you should really take some time listening to what he's creating and not rely on "sounds like" comparisons. A half-dozen listens have revealed ear-grabbing wonders such as "Galileo", which builds from its wispy, mid-tempo chorus to a hard-driving acoustic finale. "New Beginning" kicks off the album and is my early favorite. It features a stuttering, power chorded verse with a chorus built off a sliding guitar riff that gives me goosebumps. Pope's lead off tracks have always stunned ("Partner in Crime" from "Pop Motion Animation" being the previous example), but I think "New Beginning" tops them all.

Of all of the songs, the title track is probably most likely to hit. Listening to it is like shoveling sugar into your ears, but it's also one of those "list" songs, with mentions of Shogun Warriors, Kiss Destroyer and Star Wars. And that's just in its first verse! There's also a memorable break in the action with a pretty acoustic track called "Pretend It's Yesterday" and a reworking of "Sleeping Dogs" (originally released on Pope's "Pete" EP).

It's beyond my comprehension as to why talented people like Greg Pope can't get a listen from pop music lovers. I know taste is subjective but it's unbelievable that there aren't more people that would like this if only they would (or could) listen. But perhaps I'm giving the general populace too much credit. Music to them is just a moment or a distraction, a background noise or a popularity contest. They're hung up on Taylor Swift, One Direction, or whomever else the culture deems worthy or possibly requires the least amount of effort. Maybe they're not really music lovers after all, just followers chasing the next big thing.

Whatever the reason, I'll just thank Greg Pope for giving me, in all likelihood, my new summer soundtrack.
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