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Sharp, Ken - 2000 Happy Accidents

ARTIST: Sharp, Ken
ALBUM: Happy Accidents
LABEL: Not Lame
YEAR: 2000


LINEUP: Ken Sharp - all vocals, all instruments

TRACK LISTING: 01 Beautiful * 02 See Through My Eyes * 03 Mr. Sun * 04 Wrecking Ball * 05 Happy Accidents * 06 Brand New Day * 07 Unconditionally * 08 Tea And Sympathy * 09 Floating On A Cornflake * 10 You Said You'd Love Me * 11 Room For Two * 12 Girl Don't Tell Me * 13 You Ain't Foolin'


Journalist Ken Sharp has written/co-written books on Power Pop, Cheap Trick, Kiss, The Raspberries and Eric Carmen all of which I recommend highly. His reviews have also appeared in several fanzines and web sites and the guy knows his stuff, so it's no surprise that on this, Sharp's second release, he combines the best of classic pop music from the influences above to The Beatles and Electric Light Orchestra. He even dedicates the disc to Badfinger's Pete Ham and Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, so it's not difficult to figure out where is musical heart lies.

The Songs
'Happy Accidents' is a joy to listen to. While this disc is five years old now, there haven't been many recent pop releases that match the quality found here or at least to these ears. The Beatles influence can be found on 'Wrecking Ball' and the title track complete with a clever backwards message. 'Tea & Sympathy' and 'Floating Like A Cornflake' sound like something from the 'Magical Mystery Tour' songbook, while the Brian Wilson penned 'Girl Don't Tell Me' is two and a half minutes of pure pop bliss.

In Summary
Ken Sharp's first CD '1301 Highland Avenue' was released only in Japan in 1995 on a small label and is difficult to locate, but fortunately 'Happy Accidents' is easily available. It's too bad Sharp doesn't release his music more often, but maybe it's for the best as both discs are a classic example of an artist creating music for the love of it, not for the money. I patiently wait for his third.

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#1 | AOR Lee on May 29 2013 05:31:52
I have his Cheap Trick book Reputation Is A Fragile Thing, brilliant stuff. Didn't know he had released some music though ??
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