Out Now via Alcopop Records
The wonderful Helen Love return with Power On and its another collection of blissful punky power-pop anthems, ready to brighten and warm up these cold winter days and nights and the songs on this album will undoubtedly live on to light up the forthcoming summer months too.
Power On is the follow up to 2016s’ brilliant Smash Hits and has the same charm and catchiness as that album and the bands’ previous albums too, the band doesn’t stray far from their winning formula and why would they, when it sounds this good.
From the opening salvo of Hold Your Hand onwards, this is an explosion of positivity and a celebration of happiness, all delivered with a joyous swagger and songs like Power On The Music; Dead In My Head and Top Of The Pop Chart demonstrate that to the fullest. More punky songs like No 1 Star and Jackie From The Estate slide in perfectly and demonstrate that although there is a knowing edge and cutting humor throughout it is never in danger of becoming anywhere near threatening, in fact, it comes across as more charming which works even better. The closing trio of Wear Your Hair Long, On My Own and Summer Pop ends the album perfectly, all three having certified anthem status immediately and the last track, in particular, makes you long for and look forward to those hazy summer months and even in winter months will make you feel the sunshine, with its lyrics “summer pop playing on the radio and everything will be ok” acting as a mantra to the music of Helen Love.
Helen Love make great power pop music in the tradition of everyone from The Ramones, The Rezillos and Cheap Trick to The Raincoats and Shonen Knife, all catchy anthems and pens to the things in life that make it worth living and this is an album that you won’t be able to listen to without a massive smile on your face.
With the chaos and uncertainty that this year has brought, it is comforting to have an album like Power On to bring a little joy and sunshine as it draws to a close and Helen Love should be proud to have done just that. The soundtrack for the summer starts here and will live on to become just that.
Words: Gavin Brown