A "Beloved" Pop Rock Album
Brian D. Rubendall | Oakton, VA | 07/13/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Reivers were a smart, guitar oriented college rock band of the kind that were quite popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s before the grunge explosion came along. Like such bands as The Blake Babies and The Posies, The Reivers knew how to write smart pop rocks songs that had a little bite to them. The highlights on "Pop Beloved" include the "Breathin' Easy," "Chinatown" "Over and Over," "The Other Side" and a cover of the Vulgar Boatmen song "Katie." Like The Blake Babies, The Reivers featured both male and female lead vocals, shared by Cindy Toth and John Croslin. "Pop Beloved" has a couple of clunkers here and there, but overall, it's a fine example of a rock and roll style that has long since gone out of fashion."
Rob | 03/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Luckily, they went out in style. (Although, if they had released a bad last album maybe it wouldn't matter that they dissolved.) Pop Beloved stands with the strongest of their work. To my ears it sounds a little more world weary, a little more experienced than the old Reivers. "Over and Over" and "What You Wanna Do" are resigned in their outlook, yet "Chinatown" and "Other Side" offer respites from this resignation. As from the first album on, an instrumental or two appears. On Pop Beloved, it's the atmospheric, very un-pop title track . Despite this piece, the rest of the album is less abstract lyrically than much of their previous output. Interestingly, "Second Chance", the very last song on The Reivers last album is the only one in their career that credits all the band members in its composition. Also, quite an ironic title, eh? Unfortunately, there was no second chance..."
The Best In My Collection
Dave Noble | Chicago, IL | 08/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I heard "Breathing Easy" on the radio and bought the CD. Little did I know that the CD would turn out to be my favorite ever. I am desperately looking for anything else ever recorded by this band. The only title I have seen is "Translate Slowly". PLEASE EMAIL ME at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information!"