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Charlie - 2015 Elysium

ARTIST: Charlie
ALBUM: Elysium
LABEL: Floating World Records
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Terry Thomas - lead vocals, guitar * Martin Smith - guitar, bass, backing vocals * Julian Colbeck - keyboards, backing vocals * Steve Alexander - guest drummer

TRACK LISTING: 01 YouTube Girl * 02 The Ballad of Kerry Katona * 03 Virus * 04 Make It Real * 05 Elysium * 06 I Want A Maserati * 07 Thinking About You * 08 Call Me Dave * 09 Clutching At Straws * 10 Hey Dude * 11 Abandon Ship * 12 The Super Rich * 13 Sad * 14 Talking Heads


I was surprised as much as anyone to see a new album from Terry Thomas and Charlie. It kinda came from left-field toward the end of 2015, and features two former members in Martin Smith and Julian Colbeck, plus current Jeff Beck drummer Steve Alexander. The stories I have read on the Net so far indicate that this might be the end of the road for 'Charlie' per se, but you never know, stranger things have happened. Signed to small London based label Floating World, 'Elysium' continues Terry's tongue in cheek humour, and lyrical dig at the issues of today.

The Songs
Nowadays, it seems that social media might be the latest target in Terry's war of attrition on anything that he likes to throw mud at, and to see what sticks. 'You Tube Girl' is surely topical, and you don't see too many people writing about YT nor Facebook. Perhaps Terry is setting a precedent? Celebrities still get a smack around the chops, including some persona-non-grata singer called Kerry Katona. Isn't she more famous for being a baby factory? Anyway, getting off topic slightly. Most of the songs have a slinky quality about them, though there is some spicy guitar solo work which definitely stirs things up. For instance, the near 8 minute title track 'Elysium' and the very cruisy 'Thinking About You'. 'I Want A Maserati' is kinda quirky, though again, the guitars tough it out. 'Hey Dave' features some very cool drum work from Alexander, who brings this song to life. Nice. Despite the song-title, 'The Super Rich' is quite a jangly happy-go-lucky number, a modern mid-west affair which surprisingly - works!

In Summary
The album can be picked up online, get in quick before the thing goes out of print. Just what happens with Charlie is totally up to Terry. My guess there is still an audience for the band/project, even if they don't tour, and everyone is getting on in age. Worth a shout! [word count 325]

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#1 | Jez on February 02 2016 12:45:44
A heady mix of melodic rock, classic hard rock with a few progressive under tones and an excellent disc that crept under the radar a couple of months back. This really is 70 odd minutes of outstanding music, with superb arrangements, great melodies and caustic lyrics, making this really standout from the usual run of the mill stuff.
#2 | rkbluez on May 03 2016 02:06:56
As Jez said 70 minutes plus of great music...hearing a lot of progressive elements to mixed with the classy rock Charlie has been known for...another cool Charlie album on the heels of the excellent 'Kitchens...CD. If you like Charlie you need to own this CD.
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