Deceptively simple, inherently romantic, and by its very nature obsessed with the past, power pop is a hard thing for most artists to get right. Maybe that's because the people who helped create it -- Buddy Holly, Phil Spector, the Beatles, Brian Wilson -- were so damn good at it. Scores of fine records have come out since power pop's mid-'60s heyday: by Big Star ("September Gurls"), the Raspberries ("Go All the Way"), Todd Rundgren ("Couldn't I Just Tell You"), the Flamin' Groovies ("Shake Some Action"), Cheap Trick ("Surrender") and a host of New Wavers and postpunkers from the dB's and 20/20 to Crowded House and Matthew Sweet. Still, just as many have been made over the years by treacly dunderheads too obsessed with the genre's jangly guitars and infatuation with teen-dream romance to say something new within its seemingly... More >>>