Myracle Brah: Life On Planet Eartsnop (1998)

Do you like power pop? Then you're gonna love this.

Do you like mid-60s Beatles? Matthew Sweet? Teenage Fanclub? Other purveyors of modern guitar rock drawn from the likes of Big Star, the Raspberries, and Badfinger? Then you're gonna love this.

How do I know this? 'Cuz it's a great freakin' power pop record. Just freakin' great.

Songwriter Andy Bopp has played with a number of bands and as a solo artist, across a number of genres, but he really hit his stride with Myracle Brah, who released a handful of chiming power pop albums in the late 90s and 00s; this, their debut, is (by far) the best, twenty concise little numbers, nearly each one a slab of chiming guitar pop perfection. (And no, I don't understand the title, either.)

Check out the killer "Love Is," barely 90 seconds yet one of the most inarguably "Beatlesque" tunes ever, right down to Bopp's Lennon-esque vocal inflections. Or the similarly Beatlesque "Getting Over Delusion" (this one even more concise, 90 seconds flat).  Or the early Who-like "Action Reaction."  Or the insanely infectious "Loli La Letta," one of those songs you'll find yourself singing in the shower for weeks.

Some of the songs break out a bit from the mold. "Machina" rocks an early 60s Beatles-in-Hamburg vibe; "Carry on the Lie" slows things down and show the band's ability to take on a Big Star-styled power ballad.

Really, it's just great. Check it out pronto.

Here's an audio rip of "Love Is":
...and an audio rip of "Loli La Letta":
Here's a live take on "Whisper Softly":


  1. Good to see this one featured. Yeah I’m not wild about the album title or band name but the music is sublime!

  2. Great album. Kinda reminds me of The Jayhawks and Teenage Fanclub mashed together.


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