Welcome – A Pop Life

Welcome to my blog. In 2016 I wrote my first stories on my favorite albums. Due to the many, nice and positive feedback and comments I started this blog, A Pop Life subtitled My life with music.

What can you expect? Stories about music which I think is nice, beautiful of moving, reviews, concert reports and much more. I get very happy whenever I receive comments, whether through one of the social media channels or by using the comment form on this site. I love to hear from my readers!

For now, have very much (reading) fun!
Erwin Barendregt

Articles

Koray Avci

3/5: Koray Avci's performance was great at times, but the setlist's order was clumsy and the many monologues killed the show's momentum.

Jan Mulder, the Prince columns!

From 1986 to 1996 Dutch writer Jan Mulder occasionally wrote about Prince. Only available in Dutch.

André Hazes has a Lonely Christmas

In 1976 Dutch singer André Hazes debuts with a Christmas single, the start of a lasting and huge career in The Netherlands.

Merry Crassmas

In 1981 the English anarcho-punk collective released a Christmas single in 'true' festive style: Merry Crassmas!

Cerrone – Love In C Minor

In 1976 disco bubbled up from the undergound. Europe played its part as well. Cerrone made a disco classic with Love In C Minor!


Reviews

Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Over 5 years after the fantastic DAMN., Kendrick Lamar finally releases a successor. Is the new album really that good again? Yes, yes and yes again!

Review: ABBA – Voyage

Guest author Edward provides us with his take on the new ABBA album Voyage!

Cleo Sol – Mother

Recently Cleo Sol released a beautiful and impressive album, dealing with her newfound motherhood and a look back on that of her mother. Listen and shiver!

Prince – Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

The long expected re-release of Prince's great 1987 album Sign O' The Times. A review of an impressive release. In one word? Crucial!



Concerts

Pet Shop Boys

2½/5: A two-faced Pet Shop Boys: great moments are intertwined with moments that fail to impress. The group wants to be current, but ultimately loses their original charm.

Raymond van het Groenewoud

4½/5: Raymond van het Groenewoud is finally able to celebrate his 70th birthday in Paradiso. And what a good, beautiful, grand and intimate show it was!

Fischer-Z

3/5: Fischer-Z in Paradiso playing a special one-off show. After a moderate start the evening lukcily ended on a high note!


News items

News: Kendrick Lamar finally releases a new album!

On May 13th, 2022, five years since masterpiece DAMN., a new Kendrick Lamar album will finally see the light of day. King Kendrick is back!

News: Prince and The Revolution: Live | Remixed & Remastered

On June 3rd, 2022, the Prince & The Revolution album Live will be released, which was released on video in 1985. Remastered, so including great sound!


Lists

Album yearlist 2021

Album yearlist 2021

Album yearlist 2020

Album yearlist 2020