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    Grumpy Old Man Music Head's Avatar
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    Default Bleu - Four

    some tracks that could definitley grow on me
    but it won't happen from me buying it

    Grade - 1.6

    released Nov 2nd, 2010

    from the album - Singin' In Tongues - grade 2.0

    from all music


    Before becoming one of the biggest names in Boston's power-pop scene, Bleu (born William James McAuley III) made his mark on the local scene with Bing Bang Holidang, a Christmas-themed charity album that highlighted guest appearences by fellow Bostonians like Dicky Barrett (Mighty Mighty Bosstones) and Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo). In 2000, he teamed up with engineer/producer Ducky Carlisle for his solo debut, Headroom, which was released later that year. After winning the WBCN Rock 'n' Roll Rumble, Boston's long-running "battle of the bands" competition, Bleu began opening shows for touring artists and fielding offers from labels, eventually signing with Aware Records. He released one album with the label, Redhead, before shifting his focus to L.E.O., a power-pop supergroup that included members of Jellyfish, Hanson, and Chicago.

    Alpacas Orgling, L.E.O.'s debut, was released in late 2006. Bleu continued releasing his own material afterward, issuing a pair of iTunes EPs in 2007, an album with collaborators Mike Viola and Ducky Carlisle in 2008, and the full-length A Watched Pot in 2009. No longer on Aware's roster, he began raising funds for a new album, using Kickstarter to solicit donations from his own fans. The result was Four, which appeared in November 2010.

    Album Review

    Being a power pop artist doesn’t have much commercial currency these days, but that hasn’t stopped Bleu from releasing a string of solid, hook-laden albums. Four is his first collection of new material in years -- A Watched Pot, although released in 2009, was recorded half-a-decade earlier -- and it takes its cues from 1970s AM radio pop, American trad rock, and the same singer/songwriter tradition championed by contemporary popsters like Butch Walker. With help from a rotating cast of musicians (including the Section Quartet and former L.E.O. bandmate Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.), Bleu cycles through pop tunes like he’s competing in the Tour de France, unveiling hook after hook with nary a gap in energy. Even the ballads, from the falsetto-laden "How Blue" to the Van Morrison-styled “In Love with My Lover," have enough sugared melody to maintain the pace. The album is irreverent, too, featuring one of Bleu's best vocal performances during “When the Shit Hits the Fan” (sample lyric: “You know, there’s a putrid wind about to blow”) and making room for everything from funk horns to girl group gospel harmonies on the zippy “Dead in the Mornin’.” In some alternate universe, Bleu would be topping the charts alongside Rooney, Butch Walker, and other torchbearers of classic pop/rock. In this world, though, he’s relegated to power pop cult royalty, and Four extends his reign a little bit longer.

    Track Listing

    1 Singin' in Tongues Bleu 3:40
    2 B.O.S.T.O.N. Bleu 3:47
    3 How Blue Bleu 2:53
    4 Dead in the Mornin' Bleu , DellaCioppa 3:22
    5 In Love with My Lover Bleu 4:57
    6 When the Shit Hits the Fan Bleu 4:18
    7 I'll Know It When I See It Bleu , DeMain 2:35
    8 Evil Twin Bleu , Diaz 3:41
    9 Ya Catch More Flies with Honey than Vinegar Bleu 6:24
    10 Everything Is Fine Bleu , Manning 3:22
    11 My Own Personal Jesus Bleu 8:21
    “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”
    Will Rogers

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    From Cape Town, South Africa


    Something in your post above sparked off a memory. Anyone listen to Cleo Laine? Or is it Lane?

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