Paul Collins Beat- Ribbon Of Gold LP. 30 years after the release of The Beat's debut album (an all-time favorite of the Power Pop genre) Paul Collins songwriting talents and heartfelt, energetic delivery is back on display with his newest album ‘Ribbon Of Gold’. Paul Collins has been using his former band's name (The Beat) on and off since the late ‘70s and 'Ribbon of Gold' is yet another invaluable addition to this guitar slingers impressive discography. Opening with “Hey DJ” is a great move and has a classic power pop feel that goes into a nostalgic chorus with ringing guitars and glossy vocals. “I Still Want You” has lots of energy and a great hook that Cheap Trick would envy. Paul even laments the “Big Pop Song” by making one of his own. After a few songs, you realize that this is a really, really good album with big hooks, bigger guitar licks and that Paul has been saving many of these songs for years to release on this album that has a magical yet grizzled feel to it. Almost Paul Westerberg-like with Tom Petty overtones. Top notch production on the album too with big Rock sounds courtesy of Chips Kiesby most known for his work with Swedish rock bands like the Nomads and the Hellacopters.