Ian Pople

Egg Box Essentials – January 2021 Review

Despite locking myself away in a room for weeks along with piles of records, CDs and hundreds of scraps of paper, I always love compiling my end-of-year Top 30 album chart. The 2020 effort proved especially worthwhile. All the messages, comments and feedback I’ve received since its publication have been genuinely inspiring. Of course, this …

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ALBUM REVIEW: Stone Foundation – Is Love Enough? (100% Records)

As I’m a big fan of Stone Foundation and have followed their progress since they released “Small Town Soul” back in 2008, I’m going to start this review with a personal observation… Although Paul Weller produced, wrote for and sang on Stone Foundation’s 2016 album “Street Rituals”, and has been involved to varying degrees with …

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ALBUM REVIEW: Popincourt – A Deep Sense Of Happiness (Milano Records)

For the benefit of the uninitiated, Olivier Popincourt is a stylish French Mod, a musical Anglophile, an accomplished songwriter, and a big fan of Paul Weller. He’s also just released “A Deep Sense Of Happiness”, the follow-up to his 2016 debut, “A New Dimension To Modern Love”. Whilst both albums are rich in melodic, elegantly …

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10 Surprising Records That Influenced My Taste In Music

There’s a “thing” doing the rounds on social media when someone asks you to “choose 10 albums that influenced your taste in music – one album per day for 10 consecutive days; no explanations, just album covers”. A nomination is quite flattering as you can share with the world your own sublime choices, however, after …

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My Coronadiary 16/04/2020 – A Special Report

Virologists are encouraging the public to contact them with any strange symptoms they are experiencing which COULD be associated with COVID19. So far, apart from the telltale cough and fever, it’s emerged that some people have encountered a lack of taste or smell and others have reported a feeling that their whole body is “fizzing”. …

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