Genre: Power Pop, Techno, Dance, Rock

Sounds Like: "A Jewish Tom Jones"

The Good Solid Dance Grooves, Amazing cover song line-up, Message

The Bad Sounds nothing like The Beetles or The Byrds.

The Ugly Excessive Cover Songs, Genera Identity Crisis

The Band 4 out of 5

The Music 4 out of 5

The Songs 4 out of 5

The Vibe 4 out of 5

The Production 2 out of 5

The Verdict 4 out of 5




The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from banker turned Rock Star Sir Ivan entitled I am Peaceman. Presently Sir Ivan's current chart numbers are as follows: "Hare Krishna" #31 on Billboard's Dance Club Play Chart & #30 DJ Times Magazine Club Play Chart. It all started when back in 2000 when John Lennon’s Imagine inspired Sir Ivan to start perusing a career in music.


The band Sir Ivan has a line-up of solid session players. I would say the band clearly possesses advanced modern pop-rock, playing skills. Timing is spot on within the power pop, Techo-type dance grooves. Vocals from Sir Ivan work well within the confines of this catalogue. The music Sir Ivan's music is rather hard to pigeonhole. Another critic describes him as "a Jewish Tom Jones". Perfect - works for me. Looking at Sir Ivan's My Space page he claims his music sounds like The Beetles & The Byrds. I whole heartedly disagree with that statement. Let's make perfectly clear - 90% of this is cover songs from the 60's & 70's & is a radical combination of old classic rock with a modern Power Pop twist. The songs Simply put - solid song line-up with messages of hope & world peace. “Here Comes the Sun” (The Beetles), “Happy Together” (Turtles), "Stop What’s That Sound” (Buffalo Springfield), “Blowin in the Wind” (Bob Dylan), "San Francisco" (Scott McKenzie), “Live for Today” (Grass Roots), “Eve of Destruction” (Barry McGuire), “Get Together” (The Youngblood’s). Definitely an all star "hippie" line-up. The vibe Possesses a very modern, danceable, Techo-Pop type musical delivery. The production Polished sounding production with crystal clear hi-end clarity & solid low-end punch. The good Honorable mentions go out to the strong song line-up hand picked by Sir Ivan. This collection of music delivers timeless classics with messages very compatible with that time period. The bad I have my doubt's about successfully taking classic rock songs from the 60's & 70's & molding them into modern sounding Power Pop dance grooves. It's a radical combination no doubt. Viewing a few of Sir Ivan's music videos one can't help but feel some of this is a bit over the top. The ugly There are way to many cover songs on this CD. Because of this the musical production feels like a tribute album. The music also spreads itself way to thin covering to many musical genera's (Dance, Techno, Rock, Power Pop, Classic Rock).


The verdict I am Peaceman by Sir Ivan is the perfect CD to spin on days when you just a popish sounding dance production to brighten up your day. Sir Ivan is a force to be reckoned with given his current chart positioning & powerful messages of love & hope. Sir Ivan really does deserve credit here for bringing all this together. He's an impressive visionary & delivers on many fronts - solid session players, amazing cover songs, heart felt messages. The Bottom Line One shouldn't underestimate Sir Ivan. He's a rare find these days - & should be treated as such.


Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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