четверг, 21 февраля 2013 г.

Artist: Charlie & The Pep Boys
Album: Daddy's Girl
Label: A&M Records
Catalog#: SP-4563
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: UK
Year: 1976
Style: Southern/Pub Rock
Total Time: 00:36:12

The first song ”Daddy’s Girl” shows the band trying to sound like the Rolling Stones, especially in the vocal style. The exception is that they add a saxophone to their rock and roll style. It is an energetic first track, where you can almost see the high leg kicks and over exaggerated emotional expressions. A drum lick and spacey guitar effect start off Right as Rain. This follows suit as another rocking song, but it lacks the energy in the title track. Even its whining guitar solo cannot pick up the flatness and lack of energy of the vocals. ”Still Thinking About You” has a light island-feel. It is easy listening 70’s rock, more Air Supply than the Stones. ”Seven Come Eleven” features the sax again prominently in the beginning. Then the song bounces into a strong pop song through its guitar hook, and light Jagger-esq vocals. Unfortunately the Sax makes the song too light jazzy for my taste and ruins the otherwise good song. ”Give Me More” is back to the southern bluesy rock formula in the first two tracks with wailing guitars, and a tinkling piano.

Give Her Up” starts Side B with a dirty pub rock-pop song. But the song blossoms into a good pop song with the repetitive title, and fun melody. ”Walk Out” is a choppy song, the musical pieces don’t feel like they fit together completely at first, but they come together in something of a psychedelic bridge into the chorus. ”Despair” starts off with a near dance groove, but the guitars come in mimicking a steel drum, creating the island sound again. The song remains bouncy, but the vocals accent comes off somewhat silly. It is a very upbeat song for a depressing subject like despair. ”Lara” is not the typical about-a-girl-ballad that most albums from the 70’s aimed for. It has more character, and depth than a sad story of longing for an unattainable girl. This song poses the storyteller as being comfortable, because he is actually with Lara. ”The Storm Has Passed” is a swaying, waltzing paced song. This is the slow-dance ballad on the album, full of soul and gospel style vocals and a church organ. This is a Gospel Blues Ballad.

Side One:
A1. Daddy's Girl - 3:17
A2. Right as Rain - 3:19
A3. Still Thiniing About You 4:10
A4. Seven Come Eleven 4:02
A5. Give Me More 3:28
Side Two:
B1. Give Her Up 3:26
B2. Walk Out 4:02
B3. Dispair 3:14
B4. Lara 3:20
B5. The Storm Has Passed 4:16

   Producer: Nils Lofgren
   Engineer: Bob Dawson
   Album Rating (1-10): 6.5

Rolf Hanson - Bass
Lefty Potomac - Keyboards
Michael Stern - Lead Guitar
Charles Woods Pearson - Lead Vocals
Alan Adkins - Rhythm Guitar, Vocal
Michael Shear - Saxophone
Michael Zack - Drums
Craig Ryan - Trumpet

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