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CD REVIEW: Tiger Pop: Songs by John Brodeur
By Eliot Popkin - 03/19/2002 - 07:16 PM EST

Artist: Band: Tiger Pop
Album: Songs by John Brodeur
CD Review: Tiger Pop is the debut from former The Explosives and Norman frontman; John Brodeur who comes by way of Albany, NY. The album opens with the old-school "Infected (so in love with you)" complete with a la-la-la chorus and ooh ooh harmonies at the end. It is quite movie soundtrack ready. Actually this entire disc would frame a movie nicely, I wonder if Mr. Brodeur has walked down that road yet. "Remains of a heart" is a gorgeous soundscape of instruments, layering together reminding me of Rufus Wainwright. "Selfish" finds Mr. Brodeur singing "I'm leaving you today, we're better off this way, I've taken all I can, you've made me a selfish man"; it's a harsh yet honest lyric. And again, layered upon wonderful sounds. Further into the CD we hear "I've always said, do what you think is best for you, but now it's time to do what's best for me" from "Changing your mind (again?)." Clearly Mr. Brodeur is pissed. And it works by the way.

The sound quality on this disc is just fabulous through; instruments and voice are clear, crisp and warm. One comment, which I have unfortunately made way too often, is that no lyrics are present in the CD jacket. I would suggest that Mr. Brodeur frame his choruses a bit stronger. It would really help to lift the songs a bit. Overall, this is a real joy to listen to. Tiger Pop shows a man with clear musical direction and a strong collection of songs. I think it is just a matter of time before Mr. Brodeur hits the big time. Be on the lookout.

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