“ Short, snappy and to the point is the manner in which Gary operates. A happy mood guides the record (Hum, Sing...Repeat!), with every cut screaming fun, fun, fun. There’s no mellow moments here, as the songs bob and weave with activity. From the aptly christened festive figures of “At The Party” to the country dusted romp of “Fancy Two-Tone Car” to the stabbing pop power of “Blame It On Me” to the stirring sixties British Invasion motions of “Because Because,” the disc plays like a hit parade of the heyday of AM radio. As the title of record announces, you certainly will hum, sing and repeat these spunky songs!
“Power pop fans have been waiting for the new GARY RITCHIE cd to come out for years! People flipped over his first one "POP RADIO" (Still available in this catalog) ....well guess what?? This one is even better! What an amazing cd. It sounds like a 60's blend of THE BEATLES, DAVE CLARK 5, THE HOLLIES, FREDDIE AND THE DREAMERS, HERMAN'S HERMITS, THE SEARCHERS, and more!!! The songs are super killer diller and catchy as can be!!! (Kind of like the SPONGETONES classic BEAT and TORN!) So if you dig that 60's sound...jump all over this one now!!!Songs like "PRETTY LITTLE GINA" are sure fire hits...blending Bobby Fuller and Elvis Costello into one amazing sound. ..and it's amazing how good these songs are! For double full value, this disc contains 18 short, snappy, catchy blasts of pure power pop British invasion! GRADE A ...all the way baby! Come and get it.”
“Finally, after a long wait, we have to arrival of "Hum, Sing ... Repeat!" Which shows a perfect continuation of the wonderful "Pop Radio!" worth it.
A fervent admirer of the Beatles and other groups of the 60's as Dave Clark Five, Everly Brothers and The Who, and also of the heirs of these, emerging years later as Pezband, Badfinger and Nick Lowe, it was expected that the disk we would find a very large collection of pop songs brighter, full of melodies, verses and choruses perfectly assembled.
A disc smoothly despite its generous length of nearly an hour (18 songs), filled with melodic edges that stick with you as they happen. Engaging choruses, riffs that invite the "air guitar", basic rhythms that help keep your feet in constant rhythm and guitars in particular sound that highlights the jangle of his 12-string Danelectro,”
Power Pop Action
“Hum, Sing...Repeat! (CD, Fancy Two/Tone, Pop)
Pure pop in the purest sense of the word. Before we even started reading the liner notes on the cover we were thinking that this guy reminded us a great deal of Nick Lowe...who is mentioned as an influence along with a host of other classic pop artists including The Who, The Kinks, Badfinger, and even Gary Lewis (!). Ritchie writes instantly familiar sounding guitar-driven pop music that should please just about anyone who digs the classic stuff. Plenty of cool rhythms, groovy guitars, and harmony vocals create a nice smooth spin from start to finish. Gary has the good sense not to overproduce his tunes...allowing the listener to concentrate on the main ingredients (vocal melodies and lyrics). There's a lot to take in here...eighteen groovy tracks, all of which are a pure feelgood experience. Our favorite cuts include "At The Party," "Cold Lies," "Girl Like You," and "Queen of the Party."”
“ Just look at his album covers. The boy carries a small unpretentious career in his corner. He is originally from Chicago, but who cares, it has no impact on his style. its culture is openly Beatles and the Kinks, the British Invasion. But then, it is Yank, that changes everything, it puts wine in its water. every song, Gary says the source of influence: the Who, Tom Petty, Ramones, Everly Brothers, Byrds, Dave Clark Five, Nick Lowe, Badfinger, B-52's, Cheap Trick or Rolling Stones, that delivered jumble some of his mentors. On this new album, Hum, Sing, Repeat (Fancy Two- Tone Records ), Gary Ritchie balance of power pop songs milkshake flavor, like Peter Case and Paul Collins along with the Kinks and the Beatles to the directory containing the Beach Boys. It's fresh, unpretentious, it is drunk as a pina colada on the terrace Saint-Tropez with starlets on his lap.”
Dig It Fanzine
“Timeless melodies. Not a single scrap of filler here, so if you never heard it do yourself a favor and stop reading. Get a hold of this album NOW!”
“ Your music is not great..ITS PERFECT!!..Nothing like some touches of old-school r&r.”
Ugly Duck Records
“I just received HUM, SING..REPEAT as a "Bonus" for buying Gary's POP! RADIO. Great stuff!!”
“WOW! What a fine 'mini album' this is!! I can't wait for more. Hum, Sing...Repeat! Yes, Yes and Yes!!”
“While firmly footed in a majestic, rich past, it has a modern sound that dates the music comfortably for modern-power pop fans. "EXTREMELY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!"”
Not Lame Records