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Checkpoint Charley - Pomp, Twaddle and Bombast : Songs 13-24

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Kaj Roth Format: Album
Release date: 2018-10-26 Year: 2018
Label: Checkpoint Charley
Genre: Power Pop
Producer: Kevin Packard / Jesse Anderegg / Jay Tooke
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Thirteen years ago, I did a review of a great powerpop album from Checkpoint Charley here at 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!


1.Acting my age

2.Out of the blue

3.Facing the music

4.Adam and Eve

5.Wake up crew

6.Young and naive


8.Child´s play

9.She´s all mine



12.Into the sun


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