Tuesday, March 2, 2010

CD Review: Alan Charing Returns With "Stitch"

It's been six years since his last album and eleven years since he used his own name on an album, but "Stitch" is the return of Oregon singer-songwriter Alan Charing. Formally of the band A.C. Cotton, Charing is moving forward with his song-writing on this new release.

"Stitch" begins with the energetic "Leftover Life To Kill". An up-tempo punk drum beat reminiscent of Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Charing sings about his unstable mindset in "New Jersey" before his energy gets lifted again in "Day Shift". His laid-back rock roots shine through on "I Can Feel The Wheel". "The Storm" features members of Laura Gibson's band as well as Gibson on vocals which sugarcoats the song's dark lyrics. "Disasterpiece" sounds like an out-take from a Tom Petty solo album. "Whiskey Sours" picks up the energy and intensity of the music before closing with the appropriate "Long Goodbye" about coming to terms with closure in your life.

His songs have been featured on NBC, WB and Fox television shows and his new album is available on March 9th on Lazy Bones Records. You can visit the Lazy Bones website (www.lazybones.com) for more information on Alan Charing new release.

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