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Tal Bachman

Tal Bachman

(Columbia)

The surname may have a familiar ring—Tal Bachman is in fact related to Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. But that’s where the connection ends. With a musical debt to late Beatles, ELO, and Cheap Trick, Bachman is the rare artist who concentrates on writing great songs and not trying to capitalize on musical fads or fitting into the ever-shrinking and narrow genres with which we are now overwhelmed. The songs manage to sound like instant rock classics, with their killer hooks, soaring power pop guitars, and self-assured vocals. Bachman generously tosses in falsetto vocals, recalling the melodies of Jeff Lynne’s ELO, but never sounding cheesy. Case in point is “She’s So High,” a pop song so perfectly catchy and brilliantly arranged that, in a perfect world, it would be a number-one single for weeks. For a debut, it’s quite a remarkable achievement. Bachman has developed a fully-formed sound that both inherits the legacy of great rock’n'roll and builds a launching pad for a long, fruitful musical career.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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