The Push Kings, Far Places

by Sarah Zupko

 

Last year, the Boston-based Push Kings released their critically-acclaimed debut album filled with straight-ahead guitar pop. Nothing in that release prepared me for the surprising and welcome turn of Far Places. The new album is comprised of soulful pop that expands upon the group’s previous Beatles influence to include northern soul, Queen, and Squeeze.

Far Places is consistently superb throughout—virtually any of these songs is strong enough to be a single. “Sunday on the Westside” is the standout track and easily among the best pop songs of the year. The verse starts with a sweet Boy George-style vocal before bursting into an infectious sing-along chorus that recalls the very best of Squeeze. “We Don’t Have to Say Goodbye Forever” is another ingenious pop gem that I can almost imagine Freddie Mercury having sung.

cover art

The Push Kings

Far Places

(Sealed Fate)

Far Places

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong online. Please consider a donation to support our work as an independent publisher devoted to the arts and humanities. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where advertising no longer covers our costs. We need your help to keep PopMatters publishing. Thank you.

 


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

20 Questions: Nashville Singer-Songwriter Natalie Hemby

// Sound Affects

"Natalie Hemby's Puxico is a standout debut from a songwriter who has been behind the scenes for over a decade.

READ the article