Top positive review
AS GOOD AS EVER
on 7 March 2013
This collection of 16 tracks, 11 self-penned and 5 made famous by others, make up a refreshingly new CD. The gentleness of his interpretation of the ballads is what we have come to expect. Then there are the more upbeat tracks that he handles effortlessly.
A VERY FINE LINE - After the gradual introduction of the musicians we have a mid-tempo ballad.
NEVER GOING BACK - A typical thought provoking ballad.
COLD COLD HEART - What a pleasant surprise his rendition of this Hank Williams classic is. Quicker tempo than expected, with a hint of The Drifting Cowboys thrown in.
RIVERS AND STREAMS - A Spanish/French feel for this love song, with a modicum of Birkenhead thrown in, as a sweetener.
FOG ON THE BRAIN - Something I suffer from a lot. A pulsating rhythmic rocker, handled to perfection.
I COULD NEVER STOP YOU LOVING ME - A love song with a somewhat reflective message.
CITY OF NEW ORLEANS - This train song travels along without any major hold-ups. The gentle rhythm keeps you on the right track until the end of the journey, err I mean song, sorry.
`TIL I GAIN CONTROL AGAIN - Sung with warmth and feeling, sympathetic accompaniment.
THE FOOL IN THE MIRROR - Another fast-paced track with a solid beat.
IS THAT YOU? - Beautiful flute introduction, which the proceeds to wind itself around Charlies lyrics, giving an almost Indian feel. A haunting ballad.
STARTING AT THE BOTTOM - A slower rhythmic toe-tapper.
BLUE EYES CRYING IN THE RAIN - His friend, Willie Nelson, would be proud of this interpretation, there is no doubt. The song is sung with a warmth and sincerity, rarely found these days.
SPANISH PIPEDREAM - Sounds like a crowd pleaser, everyone is singing along in the chorus.
MORE HONEST THAN SWEET - To me this has an Irish feel about it. A gentle ballad.
WINDIN` DOWN - Another pulsating fast beat accompanies our man.
ANOTHER DREAM OF YOU - A gentle love song to close.
Whilst this is by no means an out and out Country Music Album, there are several country-style tracks in there, including those not written by Charlie. What this CD shows is that Charlies field of capability as a singer is greater than you may have thought.
The words for the tracks written by Charlie are enclosed. A very talented composer and lyricist. The backing musicians are superb, as usual. There is an intriguing piece of information, revealed by Pete Ware, who produced a large portion of this CD.
Worth waiting for and value for money.