Here’s an album that might just got lost among all great releases this year since it’s for now just out in Canada. But 21-year-old singer-songwriter Bret Ryan and his self titled debut is real gem if you’re into piano based power-pop on its way to “just” pop. This is actually in the same division as Something Corporate, New Radicals and a less punk-pop influenced SR-71 with great catchy tunes all over so it would be sad if it would “just” stay there. He’s got the right look and with this package including giants like David Campbell (My Chemical Romance, Avril Lavigne), Chris Lord-Alge (Sum 41, Green Day) and Justin Gray (Emma Bunton, Joss Stone) this youngster got all the chances break. But like always is the importance of promotion and belief from the label (this time Universal Canada) a major factor so let’s hope that they see what I see and that his new single “Future Psycho Ex-Girlfriend” will do the job. It’s a crystal clear hit to me and could be a new “Right Now” ala Sr-71 with its vitamin C smelling melody! Another tune that must be mentioned is “It Feels Right” that Greg Alexander would have really proud to have written. The only thing that worries me is that I can’t see it on Amazon.ca even if says that it was out on August 26 on his website! There are hardcopies out since I got one, but you might have to search a bit for this pop pearl!