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Charlie Farren, Tuesday
F-Man Records

05/16/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



5/16/2013 - Oi, you, yeah you, the one smoking a Marlboro outside the 7-Eleven — yeah you, the guy who bitterly gave up on “new music” around the time U2 released War. You have to remember local Boston hero Charlie Farren, who fronted the Joe Perry Project (“East Coast West Coast” anyone?) and then went on to form Farrenheit — you do, don’t you? Well, some things just shouldn’t go away, like this guy, a survivor of the Boston rock scene who’s now apparently spending a lot of time hanging out with hot cougar DJ ladies from local radio station Magic 106, one of whom guested on a tune he did in 2008 — am I even reading this stuff correctly? Whatever, the not-terrifyingly-original title song on this LP is like “Ruby Tuesday” from a parallel universe, but that’s the only complaint I can come up with, a bummer, being complaining is my business. The rest of this is prime nothing-wrong-here jazz/blues-based easy-listening music (“A Night Away” reads like a male Paula Cole; “Phony Balogna” is jokey neo-vaudeville torch), but wait, the axe-stomping “That Kind of Girl” makes me think of Extreme, but with more Aerosmith. Eh? What, you’re going to pretend you’ve never heard of Extreme or Aerosmith?  Your grandson doesn’t believe you when you say you like Animal Collective’s “tapes,” did you know that? A — Eric W. Saeger





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