Various - Blue Skies Up - album review (5 stars)


Blue Skies Up: Welcome to the New Pop Revolution (Dogbox Records)


With a manifesto aiming to ‘save pop’, Dogbox Records have certainly set themselves a tall task. Most of the ‘pop’ on this compilation is as likely to hit the charts as a duet from Robert Kilroy-Silk and Michael Barrymore, but this reflects far worse on the British record buying public than the label. The likes of Luxembourg and The Bridge Gang provide enough doses of infectious brilliance to slap many NME peddled acts back into their rightful place, but the pick of a very good bunch are Cologne’s Planetakis. With any justice many of these bands would be better known. Then again that could ruin some of their appeal.

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