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How To Choose A Sweetheart

by Peter & the Penguins

Power pop with three part harmony and jangling guitars. We call it Norwegian Merseybeat!
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Barefoot
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2. Sweetheart
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3. The Walk
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4. I Want You
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5. There Goes Pete Best
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6. She Took Me By Surprise
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7. Bumble Bee
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8. If You Wanna Leave Me
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9. Here I Go Again
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10. There's No Living Here Without You
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11. We Don't Wanna Fall In Love
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12. That Day Will Come
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13. You Should Have Seen My Turtle
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
From Alan Haber's Pure Pop
"Peter & the Penguins usher in the new beat(le-esque) era"

Peter and the Penguins are the latest, fab stewards of the good ship Beatle-esque to steer the ears of melodic pop fans and denizens of the beat music era to a rousing chorus of yeah, yeah, yeahs. A round of hearty handclaps, then, for these boys from Norway. Prepare to get Penguin-ized!

The pure pop pleasure of the songs on this CD cannot be denied. From Barefoot, "There's No Living Here Without You" takes its cues from a decidedly McCartney-ized reservoir of melodic structure, a la Macca's "My Brave Face" (the infectious bass line is pure, Paul). Not only is the basic structure of the infectious, mid-tempo popper "If You Wanna Leave Me for Somebody New" basically Beatle-esque (dig the instrumental section piano line for a warm nod back to early Fabs), the song is a veritable Sixties nod (don't miss the delectable Mamas and Papas moment in the middle-eight). For more Sixties pleasure, the marvelous "Barefoot" wears its Beach Boys worship on its intensely-melodic sleeve, no more so than during its gorgeous, opening a cappella section.

"She Took Me By Surprise" is a decidedly Beatle-esque, early era-style bopper. A hook-heavy chorus and a thumping bass, not to mention Harrison-esque DNA dripping from the lead guitar lines. The mid-tempo toe-tapper "Sweetheart" sports a particularly catchy chorus with great harmonies.

Mixed in with the group's ace originals is some nifty covers that showcase the boys' ability to bring contemporary life to the rich history of Sixties musical versatility. They remold Lavern Baker's stalwart "Bumble Bee" as a rocking Shadows workout played with a cowboy's sensibility.
Another track that is an absolutely standout, is the supremely infectious, vote-for-Ringo manifesto "There Goes Pete Best."

There's no doubt about it: Peter and the Penguins is the Beatle-esque "it" band of the moment. If Beatle-esque and beat pop are your game, then you're in for a great time, and you can't beat that.

Alan Haber
February 7, 2008


From Powerpopaholic
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Peter & The Penguins "How To Choose A Sweetheart"

Last year on the IPO#11 disc a standout was "There Goes Pete Best," and this year has been chock full of Beatlesque bands making debuts this year. From The Poor Richards, Alan Bernhoft to Pete Best himself - the sound is just timeless and embedded in pop culture. Not even compared to other like-minded bands (The Fore, The Offbeat) this Norwegian band is easily a cut above the rest. That's because they take the template and enhance it - for example, "Barefoot" uses the Rickenbacker riffs, honey sweet Beach Boys choruses and sax touches to make a catchy song, not just imitate what's been done. Lots of highlights here that make them comparable to The Spongetones in quality (they even do a cover of "Here I Go Again"). "The Walk" has a jangle and beat thats just irresistible, and "She Took Me By Surprise" gets the early mop-top songwriting and guitar innocence down perfectly. "There's No Living Here Without You" updates the snappy Beatle ballad with a minor chords aplenty. Not every song is perfect, but with 14 tracks here, you'll find more than enough Mersey-inspired gems to keep your toe tapping. As long as bands like this keep making music, I will happily listen.

Labels: Highly Recommended by Powerpopaholic




Reviews


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Marc Waszkiewicz

Get this CD or you'll miss out!
This is one of the best CDs I have come accross in many many years. First off, my credentials for reviewing this CD.

I have been a professional musician for over 45 years and learned The Beatles' materiel as each album was released at the time! I have multiple music degrees, including a Master's in music composition and arranging from a private music school in Los Angeles. I have owned numerous recording studios over the years, been a staff arranger and also engineer. I have played with the best in Hollywood for years and made my living with music almost my whole life. I was a music production manager at Lorimar Productions for three weekly national network sitcoms and have an Emmy. I know a thing or two about music and bands and CDs....

This album is the bomb! If you like The Beatles, you will absolutely love this album to death. Yet, it is fresh and new; not a rehash of old-sounding stuff. Creative, timeless, nostalgic, current, rockin', exciting, hot... and many more adjectives aptly apply. There is not a dead puppy in the whole lot; every single song is wonderful. No filler songs here. And the sonic quality!!! Their mix engineer and mastering lab are to be commended indeed! This album is among the best I have ever heard when it comes to sonic clarity and presence. Every note, nuance... perfectly captured. The bass in particular sings out and the harmonies are something to marvel at.

These guys have their act together. Get this CD now, before it goes out of print and a major label grabs up these guys... and starts screwing up their sound! You will not regret adding this album to your collection; I guarantee it!!!

Marc C. Waszkiewicz
Bassist, Composer, Producer

powerpopaholic

writer
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2009
Peter & The Penguins "How To Choose A Sweetheart"

Last year on the IPO#11 disc a standout was "There Goes Pete Best," and this year has been chock full of Beatlesque bands making debuts this year. From The Poor Richards, Alan Bernhoft to Pete Best himself - the sound is just timeless and embedded in pop culture. Not even compared to other like-minded bands (The Fore, The Offbeat) this Norwegian band is easily a cut above the rest. That's because they take the template and enhance it - for example, "Barefoot" uses the Rickenbacker riffs, honey sweet Beach Boys choruses and sax touches to make a catchy song, not just imitate what's been done. Lots of highlights here that make them comparable to The Spongetones in quality (they even do a cover of "Here I Go Again"). "The Walk" has a jangle and beat thats just irresistible, and "She Took Me By Surprise" gets the early mop-top songwriting and guitar innocence down perfectly. "There's No Living Here Without You" updates the snappy Beatle ballad with a minor chords aplenty. Not every song is perfect, but with 14 tracks here, you'll find more than enough Mersey-inspired gems to keep your toe tapping. As long as bands like this keep making music, I will happily listen.

Labels: Highly Recommended by Powerpopaholic

Sparky

Good show
I am greatly impressed with the disc!

Lively, heartfelt execution and crisp production of a collection of songs with that classic old-school feel, but with a modern bent. Excellent work! A must buy!

Sparky

Puddle Martyrs

Killer tracks
I've just returned from listening to the tracks and would recommend this album to anyone who loves that Mersey Beat sound we heard when The Beatles arrived on our radios and record players.
Barefoot, Sweetheart, The Walk, There Goes Pete Best are all killer tracks and the rest of the album is stacks of fun too!!!
Keepin' the Sixties Alive!!!

Jonathan

Brilliant album
Hi there P & P's!

I just wanted to write to you to tell you how much i love your album! It arrived a few days ago and i'm blown away by the quality of the songs.

It's just great to hear a band with jangly guitars, harmonies, and some inspired songwriting. At a time when so many bands are claiming to have a 'sound' or a 'new sound' you are leading the way. I grew up with The Beatles and The Byrds and your music has that same instant catchy sound.

My favourite songs are probably 'Sweetheart' and 'If you wanna leave me'. 'There goes Pete Best' it's a little darker but still great, does he know about the Penguins?

Congratulations for writing such a brilliant album!

Definitely in my top 10 for 2009 Curty Ray - Power Pop Overdose

Definitely in my top 10 for 2009
Definitely in my top 10 for 2009. You don't get Power Pop better than this. If you ever wanted to hear a mix of Mersey Beat and The Beatles - pick this one up! Hard to stop listening to this!!
Power Pop Overdose

Marc Waszkiewicz, music Producer and Composer

Get this CD or you'll miss out!
A REVIEW OF PETER & THE PENGUINS’ NEW ALBUM: “HOW TO CHOOSE A SWEETHEART”

This is one of the best CDs I have come accross in many many years. First off, my credentials for reviewing this CD.

I have been a professional musician for over 45 years and learned The Beatles' materiel as each album was released at the time! I have multiple music degrees, including a Master's in music composition and arranging from a private music school in Los Angeles. I have owned numerous recording studios over the years, been a staff arranger and also engineer. I have played with the best in Hollywood for years and made my living with music almost my whole life. I was a music production manager at Lorimar Productions for three weekly national network sitcoms and have an Emmy. I know a thing or two about music and bands and CDs....

This album is the bomb! If you like The Beatles, you will absolutely love this album to death. Yet, it is fresh and new; not a rehash of old-sounding stuff. Creative, timeless, nostalgic, current, rockin', exciting, hot... and many more adjectives aptly apply. There is not a dead puppy in the whole lot; every single song is wonderful. No filler songs here. And the sonic quality!!! Their mix engineer and mastering lab are to be commended indeed! This album is among the best I have ever heard when it comes to sonic clarity and presence. Every note, nuance... perfectly captured. The bass in particular sings out and the harmonies are something to marvel at.

These guys have their act together. Get this CD now, before it goes out of print and a major label grabs up these guys... and starts screwing up their sound! You will not regret adding this album to your collection; I guarantee it!!!

Marc C. Waszkiewicz
Bassist, Composer, Producer

eyvind lindberg

headmaster
Reviewer: Curt Vance
Definitely in my top 10 for 2009. You don`t get Power Pop better than this. If you ever wanted to hear a mix of Mersey Beat and The Beatles - pick this one up! Hard to stop listening to this!! Curty Ray Power Pop Overdose