MP3 John Brodeur - Tiger Pop
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11 MP3 Songs
POP: Power Pop, POP: Beatles-pop
Upstate NY-based singer-songwriter John Brodeur came to recognition with "Tiger Pop", his 2001 solo debut album. The record's combination of earnest lyrics, bold melodies, and experimental instrumentation, garnered strongly favorable reviews from the media and fans alike (as seen below). It was a great creative payoff from the young pop maestro, after toiling for several years prior with numerous failed bands. "Infected" and "Sucker" became featured tracks on retail and media samplers, and Brodeur took opening slots with the likes of They Might Be Giants, Angie Aparo, David Poe, Freedy Johnston, and more.
Fans of a more streamlined power-pop sound would appreciate Brodeur's next effort, "Mix Tape", under the heading The Suggestions. The Suggestions were born when Brodeur teamed with guitarist-bassist Keith Hosmer and drummer J. Schultz. (The group originally toured as a four-piece under the unwieldy name John Brodeur and the Suggestions; the name was shortened when original bassist Ryan Battle departed in November 2002.) These four new original songs (plus a fine cover of George Harrison's "Art of Dying" and a revisitation of the "Tiger Pop" track "Changing Your Mind") displayed a polished, road-ready rock and roll outfit. Songs like "Be True" and "Birthday Girl" were minor radio hits in early 2003, as the Suggestions reached CMJ's top 150, and the top 10 at commercial-alternative-specialty radio. The record gained another round of praise from the media, and the group toured the east coast and midwest throughout 2003. The band was also asked to open for groups ranging from Vertical Horizon to Fountains of Wayne; Paranoid Social Club to Gavin DeGraw.
John Brodeur / The Suggestions will tour throughout late 2005. In addition to the expected release of a new album ("Get Through"), Brodeur hopes to deliver a new solo album by year's end.
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"Pop records like this may be scarce, but when they are of this caliber, they won't remain under the radar for long." (Performing Songwriter, 11/01)
"One wild, creative, imaginative ride... Brodeur is a cross between Rufus Wainwright and Beck." (https://www.tradebit.com, 7/01)
"It's hard to get enough of this one - put this on your want list." (Shake It Up!, 7/01)
"Something of a phenomenon... This is one mighty album." (hEARd, 6/01)
"...a richly rewarding recording - 11 tunes of ambitious, shimmering pop that stands up against most like-mided major-label efforts. Snappy, crackling-good pop." (Albany Times Union, 12/00)
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