Four - Bleu Album Review

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Album Review

One day, William James Mcauley III had an idea for funding his 4th album - raise the necessary cash online via friends. And here's the finished result and you know what? It's not too shabby.

Bleu is Mcauley's alter-ego that likes to indulge in radio-friendly pop and rock, not too dissimilar to INXS, Weezer and Steve Winwood songs, with a few also bordering on the type of tunes you'd hear in 80's film-soundtracks at the point where the hero is trying to feed six babies at once, dress himself and write a novel at the same time. Use your imagination.

"I'll Know It When I See It" and "Dead IN The Mornin'" are two such tracks, bouncy jolly AOR strumalongs that are neither challenging or trivial, but are catchy nonetheless. In fact Mcauley is an accomplished songwriter overall, crafting college-radio-friendly pop with acerbic wit - "When The S**t Hits The Fan" being a case in point.

For the most part, the formula works but then clever-clever sets in with "In Love With My Lover" and "Ya Catch More Flies With Honey Than Vinegar", the latter possessing a lovely tune at least. Bleu is best when playing it simple though and the closing "Everything Is Fine" is a suitably charming climax.

I think his fans have just about got their money's worth.

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