Monday, October 1, 2012

Music Reviews: Kurt Baker - "Brand New Beat"

Kurt Baker pumps out records like old people pump coins into the slot machines at the casino. The only difference is that, unlike the slots, you can almost bet your last nickel that Kurt's record is gonna be a winner! And he's made the record of his career with his soon to be released full length, "Brand New Beat".

"Hit The Ground" kicks things off in high gear. Catchy guitar riffs aplenty, lots of background harmonies and another amazing sing along chorus shows that this guy KNOWS how to write hit after hit. There are your typical power pop gems that Kurt's known for, like "Everybody Knows", "Weekend Girls" and "Qualified". But what may come as a surprise is that there is a nice pair of slow, heart string tugging ballads.

The acoustic ballad "She's Not Sorry" is one of the best ballads I've heard in quite some time. It's a Dear John letter style song that shows off Kurt's ability to slow things down and get serious for a little while. Hey, even the biggest party animals have a soft spot. And Kurt's no different. The way the acoustic guitars and organ play off each other, it's pure heaven. The other ballad being "How Many Times", which is piano based and features a
70's soft rock beat and feel. Again, not something you would expect from a Kurt Baker record. But it's a pleasant surprise none the less.

This is the album Kurt Baker was born to make. It's nothing you were expecting and everything you've wanted all wrapped up in a tight little package. With his masterpiece upon us, I have to ask...where will Kurt Baker go from here? If the world is listening and there's room for one more rock star out there, then superstardom isn't far from reach for this young man.

5 / 5 stars


  1. I've heard this cd and Kurt's definitely got something going on, Wyatt added great production work, I hope this one busts things wide open for both of you. Great Pop-Rock music, I love it.

  2. Almost every good power pop album has a few great songs and a bunch of so-so attempts. Every song on this album is one of the greatest power pop songs I've ever heard and I've heard a lot. Up there with The Rubinoos Paleophonic and Cherry Twister's At Home with Cherry Twister. That's no small feat. I'll be listening to this for the rest of my life.


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