The latest, greatest release from Roger Klug---ten years in the wilderness produces a genre-busting yet genre-defining effort.
Klug’s recently-released new one, 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. While Power Pop is sometimes derided for being a bit too “paint by numbers” without a lot of variation, sometimes, when the writer is as good as Klug, it transcends the entire genre. And More Help is incredibly varied, with Klug blending trademark peppier numbers with a capella passages, orchestral flourishes, jazzy shuffles and piano ballads without losing his fairly singular sonic identity. Just as Brian Wilson created pocket symphonies with his smart, crafty Pop tunes, Klug’s songs are luxurious and immaculately constructed and arranged, almost like three-minute orchestral pieces.