Thirteen years ago, I did a review of a great powerpop album from Checkpoint Charley here at melodic.net and then I waited for the follow-up but years passed by and there was nothing but silence. Well, it´s been so long that I almost forgot about this band until now when we get two new releases from Checkpoint Charley. Wow! Talk about unexpected releases, first we get the new full-length "Pomp, Twaddle, and Bombast : Songs 13-24" and secondly, the accompanying EP "The Great Jedi Mind Trick" that features four original songs inspired by the Star Wars Universe.
I can tell you that you need to hear both if you´re a fan of powerpop music in the same vein as Jellyfish and the first Checkpoint Charley album "Songs one through twelve", I love both the EP and this new full-length album. We don´t get to hear that many classy powerpop albums like this one these days, we´re talking top quality from start to finish.
The songsmiths behind Checkpoint Charley are Kevin Packard and Jesse Anderegg and they enlisted a team of first-call players to bring the project to light, including co-producer Jay Tooke, Pete Lesperance (Harem Scarem), Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts), Smith Curry (Keith Urban), Chris Nix (Jonathan Davis Band) and Jon Schmidt (The Piano Guys) to name a few.
It´s a varied album where the listener can hear traces of 60´s pop, 70´s pomp and 80´s rock. A smorgasbord of melodies so to speak. There is nothing to complain about really, the production is top-notch and the entire album is so rich of harmonies that there might be leftovers for a third album. You just cannot be bored while listening to "Pomp, Twaddle, and Bombast", if you´re not a boring autotune-loving person that is. This album shouts out longevity all the way to the next decade. Bravo!