After spending time in Your Rival, Portland’s Mo Troper has now released his debut album under his own name and on his own label, Good Cheer Records. The album is called “Beloved” and comes with thirteen songs in which Troper gets to vent his frustrations about subjects as diverse as friends who want to keep on partying while all he wants to do is go home and untalented hacks with a thriving career in music.
Not that you’d pick up on any of that viciousness just listening to the songs. The tunes themselves don’t come off as angry at all, sounding more like a lo-fi version of Weezer. Or as songs written by someone who probably has more than a couple of albums by the Posies, Teenage Fanclub and Superchunk in his record collection.
Honestly, I could have done without the four-minute long “Somebody Special”, where it’s mostly just Troper’s voice. It’s not the most exciting song on “Beloved” and kinda breaks up the album. The rest of the album is pure power-pop bliss though, and more than delivers.