“author: Absolute Powerpop
The Britannicas-The Britannicas. The Britannicas are a power pop supergroup of sorts, consisting of Herb Eimerman, Magnus Karlsson and Joe Algeri. All three of them each have a vast body of solo and band work on their CVs, and all share a love of 60-styled pop in the manner of the big three Bs (Beatles, Beach Boys, Byrds). So it's fitting their own band begins with a B and borrows from those three. It's also fitting that the disc leads off with a track titled "Those Good Vibrations", but it owes more to the jangle of the Byrds than to the pop of Brian Wilson. Eimerman's "Baby Say Yeah Yeah" is old school power pop, Algeri's "Friday Night Alright" sounds like a lost Nuggets classic, and "Stars" brings the jangle in a great way. If the idea of 3 power pop vets at the top of their game bringing the 60s back to life is your cup of tea, the Britannicas are for you. And it has the imprimatur of the Kool Kat label, so you know it's quality.
“The enviable talent of Herb Eimerman (Nerk Twins) returns and is joined by Swede Magnus Karlsson (Happydeadmen) on guitar and Aussie Joe Algeri (Jack & The Beanstalk) on drums to form a truly international pop band called The Britannicas (despite the fact that no one here is British). The irony here is that these musicians have a common love of merseybeat and classic British pop. The gentle jangle of "Those Good Vibrations" is supported by some bright harmonies in the songs second half. "Baby Say Yeah Yeah" has that classic pop beat, Herb's vocals are very reminiscent of Chad & Jeremy, but with more of an edge. "Friday Night Alright (Come Out And Play)" is a guitar gem with an Eddie Cochran styled rhythm. Another favorite here is "Don't Go Back," chock full of Byrdsian jangle and a solid melody. The group harmonies work fine throughout - Fans of The Byrds, Moody Blues, Gerry & The Pacemakers and British styled pop will enjoy this one immensely.”
“The BRITANNICAS CD consist of 12 tracks filled with strong melodies, smooth crisp vocal harmonies and prominent guitar riffs in a beautiful arrangement of songs; by an eminent and brilliant trio of seasoned songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and gifted vocalist; Magnus Karlsson (Happydeadmen, The Charade - Sweden), Herb Eimerman (Nerk Twins - USA) and Joe Algeri (Jack & The Beanstalk - Australia). with the jingle jangle of "Those Good Vibrations", "Don't Go Back" and "Stars"; while rockin the garage with "The Girl From Malasana"; the powerpop of "Baby Say Yeah Yeah" and "One Of Those Nights; the more sombre folkiness of "Blue Sky Grey" and "Love Trap"; to bringing the album to a core with the outer-wordly psychedelia of "The Other Side", which exquisitely embraces the counterculture with an eminence of a belief that sends forth a beautiful peaceful feeling; that makes you want to start the album all over and listen to it again! The Britannicas is a spectacular album..
“Recording in their home studios in Byford, Sweden and Chicago respectively, the trio of Joe Algeri (Jack & The Beanstalk), Magnus Karlsson (The Charade) and Herb Eimerman (Nerk Twins) traded tracks across oceans to create an impressive pop record. The trio throw in all the ingredients that made classic Teenage Fanclub so appealing during opener Those Good Vibrations with the guitar jangle and sweet harmonies hardly abating for the remainder of the record. Byford farmer Algeri adds a bit of Byrds-like twang on Stars and the gentile Blue Sky Grey. Karlsson isn’t to be outdone with the toe-tapping Don’t Go Back and folky Love Trap. The American cousin Eimerman has arguably the sweetest voice and more straight forward approach with One Of Those Nights and Baby Say Yeah Yeah being fine templates of the genre. Sounding anything but a cobbled together product, The Britannicas could teach IKEA a thing or two about the ease and simplicity of constructing a worthwhile project.”