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

Zwan, the story of Mary Star Of The Sea

After disbanding the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan was unsure of his next step. It was Zwan, who released their first and final album in 2003. The story of Zwan and Mary Star Of The Sea.

The world gets to know Kate Bush: the release of Wuthering Heights

In 1978 Kate Bush made her debut with the beautiful Wuthering Heights: the start of an exciting, innovative and bold career!

Neil Young schocks with the release of Trans

In 1983 Neil Young releases the atypical Trans, an album with synthesizers and vocoders. An electronic album with a warm beating heart.

Christmas With The Rat Pack

In 2007 I bought Christmas With The Rat Pack. A compilation of beautiful Christmas songs by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin.

Neil Diamond – Hot August Night

In 1972 Neil Diamond released his best (?) album, the fabulous double live album Hot August Night. A look back!


Reviews

Sudan Archives – Natural Brown Prom Queen

On September 9, 2022, Sudan Archives released her second album: the beautiful Natural Brown Prom Queen. Definitely highly recommended!

Prince And The Revolution – Live

In 1985 Prince And The Revolution played to an audience of millions. The audio recordings have been remastered and (finally) released seperately. It's a beautiful document!

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!



Concerts

Sudan Archives, 11/15/2022

3½/5: Sudan Archives provides a highly entertaining evening in Amsterdam's Paradiso Noord. She has great potential. Her audience is very, very enthusiastic.

Pavement, 11/08/2022

4½/5: Pavement delivered a thrilling show.  My personal  concert surprise in 2022. No small feat, given my high expectations and hopes!

Kendrick Lamar, 10/28/2022

4½/5: Kendrick Lamar and Antwerp: veni, vidi, vici. The audience ate from his hands and the music and presentation were impressive. Again!


News items

News: Announcing Revolver Special Editions

On October 28th, 2022, the (best?) Beatles album Revolver will be re-released with new mixes and many extras. Something to look forward to!

News: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real Live album

On August 5th, 2022, the live album Noise & Flowers by Neil Young + Promise Of The Real will be released, a report of their 2019 European tour.


Lists

Album yearlist 2022

Album yearlist 2022

Album yearlist 2021

Album yearlist 2021