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'Nerves' makes Best of Lists!
Big Hollywood – Top 10 Power Pop Albums of 2009 (#6)
"And so it goes, one great song after
Audities: Best of 2009 (#2)
No. 2 out
Power Pop Action! Best Albums of 2009 (#5)
all there!! Amazing, smart, uber-crafty pop from this
CityBeat – The Year In Your Ear
Top 20 Albums of 2009 (#2)
de Volkskrandt (Netherlands): Best of 2009 (#6)
Absolute Powerpop: Top 100 of 2009 (#18)
Conqueror Of The Moon, 20 Delights of 2009 (#4)
The Un-Herd Music Blogspot:
Best of the Best of 2009
late addition to my list of faves. Cincinnati's Roger Klug plays pretty
much all the instruments on this, and it's a crazed mishmash of power,
pop, and rock, at times sounding like early Joe Jackson fronting early
XTC, except with a pile of guitar wig-outs piled on top. "When Dreams
Dry Up" shows some of Klug's range in a single song, but you really need
to hear the whole thing to get the picture. In a word, amazing."
Art Into Dust Blogspot
23 Nov '09 "Back in the late nineties
Roger Klug got us to sit up and take notice with a pair of stunning
albums of clever, inventive kick bottom power pop that showcased the
man’s abundant creative talents and left us panting for more. Ten years
later and the panting is over and half way through the opening witty
ditty Tinnitus is clear that the man never really went away. The second
track Dump Me Hard kicks in with all the classic Klug hallmarks we know
and love. Classic pop melodies, swooping choruses, blazing playing and
addictive hooks aplenty are at the heart of it and around this solid
foundation dances the reasons that elevate him into the ranks of real
genius. His lyrics are razor-sharp, smart-arsed and literate but never
cold like some clever buggers tend to be. The playing, as ever nearly
all done by the man himself, is wild and confidently adventurous, you
never know where it’s going till it’s been there. Just as About Time
settles into its perfectly pitched languid pop lament, it hammers down a
brutal guitar riff before sliding into shit-hot country picking that
give Barefoot Jerry a run for their money. Confounding expectations in a
way that thrills and amuses in equal measures is a constant feature of
this beautiful and rich album. Epic and sardonic, intimate and relaxed,
Roger takes it all in his laid back stride. Whether it’s flicking off
cascading riffs like only the likes of Jason Falkner usually attempts or
pulling a melodic pop treat from his sleeves, the man is up for every
challenge he sets himself with a down to earth mastery few can touch.
And boy does he know how to rock. On top of all this wealth comes the
other constant, the stunning guitar work that punches through and
anoints throughout. Klug is without doubt one of the truly great lead
guitar players in the world. If he could do nothing else he would be a
legend in my books. Fortunately he does do everything else to the same
breathtaking standard and More Help For Your Nerves shows that while he
was away the talent remained as captivating as it ever was."
Pop Underground - End Of Summer
28 Sep '09 Roger Klug – More Help For Your Nerves –
**** – One of the top releases so far this year. With an incredible
energy and a bucketful of hooks, this album kicks off from the start and
doesn’t stop kicking until the end. For the most part, it is great power
pop, but he throws in some other musical styles, from showtunes to gypsy
music and so on, which is cool. It’s so good!
5 stars – “Brilliant hard classic pop”
This is the best of Roger Klug's six albums. There's not a single bad
track on this album of complex, varied, melodic power pop. Fans of the
harder side of Beatles pop (think Taxman, Paperback Writer) etc. will
love this heavily 60s and, especially, 70s influenced CD that also yanks
from everything from gypsy jazz to bluegrass.
The chords are layered and complex. The lyrics are intelligent and
honest. The playing (almost every instrument is by Klug) is top notch,
especially the guitar work. This is an album you can play over and over
again without ever getting tired of it.
Buhdge.com: Roger Klug has one hell of a nerve!
"Roger Klug has a heart alright, and here it is,
splattered all over tunes about society's misfits: a guy who pleads with
his girlfriend to dump him hard so he knows that the hurt will stick; a
guy who yearns for an eclectic relationship but can't decide just how
eclectic that is; a baby-hungry girl whose every activity revolves
around meeting the father of her future children, at the risk of her own
identity; a lovelorn guy who wishes a romance going on before his eyes
will fail so he can swoop in and save the romantic day; a group of sad
sacks who find that the keys to heaven may not always be within reach.
"More Help For
turns out to be a snappy, pure pop, self-help manual that can inspire
the minds of guys and gals like these to widen and accept all
possibilities in life. Certainly, Klug is the epitome of the widescreen
mind: his albums are practically road maps to creative bliss.
"The magic of More Help For Your
Nerves is that anything is possible within its grooves, so it
comes as no surprise when the (mostly) tender, have-hope-for-tomorrow,
sage advice of "When Dreams Dry Up" is followed by the glorious, mega-multitracked
Beach Boys a cappella creation, "My Life Is
Sweet," in which Klug can't resist playing the John Lennon game of yin
and yang in the midst of an otherwise, well, sweet confection. Klug, in
fact, plays the yin and yangities of pop music like a sweet fiddle,
taking on the eccentricities of life and marrying them to the pure pop
he so obviously knows and loves."
Cincinnati CityBeat: Roger Klug's 'Help'
Is on Its Way
"More Help for
Your Nerves is the best of the songwriter’s career, with Klug back
to his usual “voice” — timeless Power Pop that churns out songs so
infectiously rich with hooks the CDC might think about investigating...
"Klug would fit in on a package tour with Ben Folds, The Move, The
Shazam, Big Star, Fountains of Wayne and Joe Jackson (Look Sharp
era), but More Help makes it clear that he’d not be the opening
act on that tour."
Hollywood: The Pop Underground Strikes Back
"This disc is an embarrassment of
riches clocking in at just under an hour with 17 tracks. None of them
are throwaways. Klug’s mostly a one-man band with inspiration up to his
ears and a voice that hints at hidden cabaret chops...The second song,
“Dump Me Hard,” announces that this is an artist who’s got it going on
in every department. Every song is a standout..."
Not Lame Recordings
"Roger Klug`s "More Help For Your Nerves"
is not only one of the very, very best albums of 2009, it is one of the
best albums of the last half of his decade for power pop fans...Yes,
yes. I can not control myself: MASSIVELY Recommended."
Absolute Powerpop: CD of the Day, 6/11/09
"Back for the first time in nearly a
decade, Cincinnati's Roger Klug has unleashed a 17-track power pop
marvel. Klug bills himself a "pop scientist," and that's an apt
description as he takes a mad scientist approach to this disc,
experimenting here and there and trying a little bit of
everything....perhaps the most ambitious power pop album of the year,
and there's so much here that it demands repeated listenings."