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  • Audio CD (14 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Artist Garage
  • ASIN: B002BVUBIC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Terrific songwriting and excellently produced. I bought this after hearing "No such thing as love" and wasn't disappointed with the other tracks.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Watched Pot is worth the wait 15 July 2009
By Jeff Meyers - Published on Amazon.com
Before we get to the meat of it, know that despite the free use of [Explicit] all over the track list. Only one song has a profanity and that is track six. It is littered with the F-bomb, but because the song is so good, it works.

All I'm saying is don't let that curb your interest or use that as a reason to overlook the album. You'll be sorry if you do.

A Watched Pot is an album that Bleu has been working on for several years and has finally made it to our hands. When you hit play, you'll find a solid mix of musical styles and moods with top notch production quality all carried by the wide range, strength and solid tone of Bleu's voice. Each tune is a nugget of aural goodness.

Bleu's influences like the Beatles, Jeff Lynne (ELO), Harry Nilsson, the Beach Boys and others is evident but not so much that it sounds as though he recreating their sound or copying their various styles. He uses those influences subtly so that his own gifts come through and shine brightly.

I'll resist going through each tune to tell you about what you'll hear. you can listen to the samples above and get an idea of what the album is. And if you do that, you'll find a sample isn't enough. You'll miss some excellent songwriting (Save Me, Come 'n Go, No Such thing as Love...others), cleaver chord progressions (Come 'n go), powerful classic Motown styled rhythms (Kiss Me), an awesome duet with Sandra McCracken (When The Lights Go Out), the simplicity of a good, solid song (Go) and more.

All in all, if you skip over A Watched Pot, you'll miss a great album. Who wants that?
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Jackson, eat your heart out 16 Nov. 2009
By Duane L. Rice - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a cheap shot to get your attention, I'll admit it. But here you are reading this, so...
What can I say about this cd? If you're not yet familiar with the singer/songwriter Bleu, you should be.
Why? He's one of the best out there. Great songs,performed well,with real passion and conviction.
Comparing this cd with his other releases is hard for me. I like this one because it's more intimate than others, both in it's production, and in it's performance. You get the feeling he could sit down and play these songs for you with just his voice and acoustic guitar and still blow you away. His other cd's are more Power than pop, and I really like them.
If you like yours more mellow, then this is more for you. If you like your Powerpop with more edge, his other releases will make you a fan.
Seeing him perform recently at a small club, I was impressed at how accessable he made himmself to the audience. No rock star ego here. Just a real, talented human being, reaching out to touch those who share the love and pain that life can dish out. His cover/tribute to Michael, performing "Human Nature" was pure genius! Dig it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHY is this guy not HUGE??? 9 Jun. 2010
By A. S. D. - Published on Amazon.com
While listening to a web site that plays Pop that Bangs (can't say the URL!), I stumbled on this song by a band called L.E.O. with obvious nods to E.L.O. (Electric Light Orchestra... alias Jeff Lynne... alias Clayton Wilbury). A guy named Bleu was behind that album which was called "Alpaca's Orgling". It was a tribute to E.L.O. (or rather, the recording style of E.L.O. with LEO's original tunes) and the band on that album was a "supergroup" (yeah, I know...) of performers including members of JellyFish (?!!!) and even Hanson (Hey, cut Hanson some slack, they're actually decent players and singers even though they got lumbered with Mmmmbop... but I digress). That album was great and so I wanted to hear more.
I checked out all his albums via Amazon and Itunes. It was one of the best musical decisions and subsequent purchases I ever made. I ended up buying 3 Bleu albums IMMEDIATELY. I still play all these albums a few times a month.

Then another cool group project came out called "The Major Labels", (Also heard on a web site that plays Pop that Bangs for the first time). It was like "Band on the Run" was re-recorded for the 00's. Not the same songs, but just the style and the feel of it, at least to me. I'm a huge Wings/McCartney fan and I just really loved "The Major Labels" album.

At that point, I geeked out and signed up for Bleu's email list so that I wouldn't miss future releases.

That brings us to "Watched Pot". I may have this wrong, but I seem to remember reading that Bleu's label held this album up for years and only now, he's able to release it. Bleu fans can crucify me if I've messed that up. THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW WHAT FOOLS THE RECORD COMPANIES ARE THESE DAYS.

Out of all the "new artists" I've heard over the past 10 years, THIS GUY should've gotten the biggest push. Seriously brilliant pop songwriter and singer. His songs just "Hit" you in that HappyMusicPlace. This guy is the real deal.

The songs on this album are so great that other artists (BIG ONES) are recording them hoping to have hits. Hanson did a good job of "Go"- But Bleu's is MUCH more deep and personal sounding.
Another artist recently is covering "Boy Meets Girl" (don't recall who it was). I cannot believe it will be as infectious as Bleu's recording.

For me the album highlight is "Come n Go". You get this slow-ish song that picks up into just a brilliant chorus with Bleu's sky-high falsetto. By the way, I caught Bleu live last week in Seattle and as a singer myself, I was amazed at his ability to switch in and out of a falsetto voice that seemed to never reach a ceiling. The voice you hear on the album is the voice you hear live. It's really amazing.

If you're looking for a way in with Bleu- try "Redhead". If you want something a bit slower and deeper, yet just as good, go with "Watched Pot".

As another poster said- the "Explicit" tags are incorrect. Only one song features that. The rest are plenty accessible.

BUY THIS GUY'S STUFF.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album of the last few years! 23 Nov. 2009
By Jeff Celentano - Published on Amazon.com
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As a professional musician based in Las Vegas, I've pretty much seen and heard it all so when my drummer gave me a copy of Bleu's "Redhead" album a few years ago, I didn't have very high expectations. What I discovered was probably the single most talented and inspiring artist I've heard since The Beatles or Brian Wilson. "A Watched Pot" picks up where "Redhead" left off and the results are nothing short of pure genius. This guy is absolutely brilliant. I find myself listening to this album at least twice a day. It's THAT good. Not only is the songwriting among the best I've heard in recent memory, Bleu's voice is nothing short of amazing. Effortlessly flowing from pop to rock to soul and even a few operatic moments, Bleu can hold his own with the best vocalists in music both past and present. It's truly a crime that artists like Bleu have to take a backseat to the dreck that passes for music these days. Anyone that tries to tell you that good music ended in the 70's, needs to take a listen to this album. This is just as good if not better than anything that has come before. Artists like him give me hope for the future of music. Do yourself a favor and pick this album up. It'll more than likely be the best musical investment you've made in a loooog time.

Jeff Celentano
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 15 Aug. 2009
By David M. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
This album is nothing short of brilliant. The biggest criticism people have of this album is that it doesn't have enough uptempo songs on it. I too wish that it had more songs like "I won't go Hollywood" on his last album, Redhead. However, the songs on this album are so good that it doesn't even matter that they are mostly slow to mid tempo songs. Of the 11 (or 12, if you count the secret song) songs on here, there are only 2 that I don't really like all that much. The rest of the songs are for the most part genius. The production is amazing and Bleu's vocal skills are stellar. Almost every song on this album has "that" sound that most albums only have on one or two singles. You can tell that a lot went into the production of this record, and the more you listen to it the more you want to listen to it. The bottom line: If you are a fan of good music you will love this album. If you're ONLY a fan of rock then you probably will think it is too slow, but if you just appreciate good music then you will love this album. It is a shame Bleu isn't more popular, he is truly a brilliant artist.
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