Ian Pople

2021 – The Acoustic Egg Box Top 30 Albums Of The Year

THE OBLIGATORY INTRODUCTION A warm welcome to readers old, new and indifferent to the annual Acoustic Egg Box Top 30 Albums Of The Year. Yes, it’s late as always (my blog, my deadlines…) and I’d dearly love to say “better late than never”, but unfortunately it’s as ramshackle, inaccurate and subject to ridicule as ever. …

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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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