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Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 @ 13:42:11 UTC
Artist: John Brodeur
CD: Tiger Pop
Home: New York
Quote: "One wild, creative, imaginative ride."
By Jennifer Layton
New York artist John Brodeur is all over the pop map, and he’s having one wild, creative, imaginative ride. His debut solo CD, “Tiger Pop,” is so much fun because there are no rules. He tries everything. He purposely distorts the recording. He jams like hell on the guitar. He throws in sound effects, even following his cat around with a microphone. He revisits the 70s with a synth-crazed pop intro to the first track, “Infected,” and surrounds the song with a spinning of the radio dial.
He’s also a cool, breezy lyricist. I love how “Infected” occasionally veers into the romantically awkward. “I’m infected by your smile....fractured by your voice, complicated by your kiss...” Ummm...thanks, I think.
Brodeur is a cross between Rufus Wainwright and Beck. Like Wainwright, he gives us elegant presentations of whimsical melodies in tracks like “Remains of the Heart.” This particular song would sound equally appropriate coming from a full orchestra. Like Beck, he doesn’t really care what anyone else thinks and wants to play with all the cool gizmos in the studio. “Changing Your Mind (Again)” is my favorite track for that very reason. The cluttered, muffled recording adds to the punk feel of the chorus. (Outstanding guitar work on this track, by the way. Brodeur has a few guest artists here and there, but for the most part, he plays all the instruments.)
I couldn’t stop listening to this CD. I just had to see what he’d do next. “Dying For Me” has a catchy staccato delivery on the verses and a Spanish guitar played elegantly over the dancing pop tune. The end of this particular song swells into a gorgeous wave of harmony. “Selfish” flows and sways with a psychedelic Beatles feel. “Kitten” is a short, simple acoustic folk song from the heart, sung in a plaintive voice.
In the press materials, I read that the recording sessions for “Tiger Pop” were long and plagued with problems, including a guitar intro that had to be recorded three times because it just wouldn’t register on tape. Thanks for hanging in there, John. In my opinion, the result was well worth the effort.
Artist Website: www.TigerPop.com
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