Nice

My Planet

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Occasionally, an American artist will be so British influenced that if you didn't know better, you might assume that he/she really was from England. For example, New York singer/songwriter Bill Popp -- an obscure but extremely talented artist who, like England's Oasis, has combined a strong Beatles/'60s British Invasion influence with punk and alternative rock -- is so Brit-minded that if you didn't know he was born and raised in Queens, you would think he was from London or Liverpool. And similarly, Nice has so many Brit-pop influences that the Southern California band might as well be from Manchester. Make no mistake, however: Nice is from Orange County, CA, home of No Doubt. But My Planet, Nice's debut album, doesn't sound anything like Gwen Stefani and her colleagues. Most of the influences that one hears on this enjoyable, if derivative, effort are bands from the U.K. -- and that includes Suede and Duran Duran as well as Coldplay, Oasis, Travis (originally from Glasgow, Scotland), and the Lightning Seeds. Nice isn't as punky as Oasis, but the Oasis influence is there nonetheless. And like just about any Brit-pop album that you can think of -- past or present -- My Planet has some John Lennon/Paul McCartney influence. If you're playing Brit-pop, having some type of Beatles influence (either direct or indirect) is almost unavoidable -- and when you consider that My Planet (and similar Brit-pop efforts from 2001) came 31 years after the Fab Four's breakup, that is saying a lot. One of Nice's American influences is R.E.M., a Georgia band who was greatly influenced by the British Invasion; even Nice's U.S. influences owe some type of creative debt to Great Britain. My Planet wins no awards for innovation; nonetheless, it is a satisfying collection of well-crafted songs that Brit-pop enthusiasts should be aware of.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:46
2
2:55
3
3:10
4
3:08
5
2:57
6
2:25
7
3:02
8
2:52
9
2:56
10
8:18
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