Benâ€™s Diapperâ€™s are a Finnish pop band with a strong Australian connection; Michael Carpenter produced their debut album while another Australian popster, Joe Algeri, produced this, their latest EP. Lead singer Jaako Soderstrom has a unique and strong voice but he still tends to falter during some of the slower moments. He if can work on this , then Benâ€™s Diapperâ€™s next album pomises to be memorable as not only are they a talented bunch of musicians but they also have their own unique sound.
Pop On Top - USA
A couple of Finnish powerpoppers produced by an expat Aussie now resident in Sweden. You figure it out! Benâ€™s Diapers released the debut full-lengh â€śCelebrate The Clicheâ€ť to a warm reception in undergroud pop circles last year. It was a splendid affair and proved taht the band were no sloushes in coming up with the goods, like keen tunes, spirited performance and lively guitar work. With the ubiquitous pop Aussie Michael Carpenter an asset behind the boards.
The 5-track EP, out on French label Pop The Balloon continues the melody pop attack with Joe Algeri of Jack And The Beanstalk this time providing the production expertise. Perhaps it is the influence of Algeriâ€™s presence which proves crucial in determining the ultimate sound of Middle Eight For Modern Lovers because interested listeners will be greeted by an approach akin to Gram Parsons fronting Teenage Fanclub. No, really. Close your eyes and itâ€™s a sonic vision that comes unbidden to mind when encountering such pure countrified powerpop gems like the dynamic â€śJosephine Geraldineâ€ť, the vibrant â€śShe Got Signedâ€ť, the hillbily charged â€śRight Awayâ€ť and the driving â€śThinking Platonicâ€ť.
A delicious hybrid that will have fans of both genre in full appreciation of Ben Diapersâ€™ clever assimilation and sprightly delivery.
Bucketfull Of Brains â€“ UK
This five-song EP from Finnish pop quintet Benâ€™s Diapers comes on the heels of last yearâ€™s fabulous â€śCelebrate The Clicheâ€ť, an album brimming with all the right classic and contemporary power pop influences. â€śMiddle Eights For Modern Loversâ€ť is a brief taste of what the Diapers have been up to since then, with Jack And The Beanstalksâ€™ Joe Algeri at the console to make it sound right. With a sprighly approach, Benâ€™s Diapers offers a wonderfully fresh, almost naĂŻve outlook, applied equally to their guitar pop and songwriting. â€śJosephine Geraldineâ€ť has a semisonic-basement-tapes feel, while â€śShe Got Signedâ€ť works a music biz-as-love metaphor that suggests Nick Loweâ€™s pure pop period in both sound and sly humor. The Closer, â€śThinking Platonicâ€ť is a heart-pounding, two-minute homage to Tommy Keene sans the minor chrod moodiness. Predictably, this EP is too short by a third. More Diapers, please.
Amplifier â€“ USA
Middle Eights For Modern Lovers establishes Benâ€™s Diapers as an important presence on the pop scene. Hopefully weâ€™ll be hearing more from them soon.
Rock Beat â€“ USA
Of the five selections on this EP, none are especially risk-taking, but all are sturdy, sometimes-muscular pieces of pop, the strongest being the final two tracks: the little-bit country â€śRight Awayâ€ť and the outstanding â€śThinking Platonicâ€ť which finally finds the band bursting out of their earlier moderate mode with crunching aplomb. So a bit of a surprise from Franceâ€™s finest source of poxer pop, but definitely of the pleasant variety.