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CD REVIEW: Charley and Jesi - Charley and Jesi
By Cyrus Rhodes - 11/16/2011 - 10:36 PM EST

Artist: Band: Charley and Jesi
Album: Charley and Jesi
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative R&B
Sounds Like: The White Stripes, Mazzy Star, Cowboy Junkies, 10,000 Maniacs
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Looking out my Window, Weeks Turn to Days, I Feel so Happy
Weakness: None
CD Review: Charley and Jesse is a duet of sorts from Oceanside California. The bio reads after meeting at an open mic night in 2008 the 2 have been writing and performing ever since. This their second album to date.

The CD quickly takes to flight with “Sweet Darlin” a rocking ntro piece that serves up steady rock rhythm, well placed Hammond Organ chops against hooky vocal melody from both Jesi (DiPalo) and Charley (Hinchliffe). Track 2 “Wake up: keeps thing grooving with its impressive groove, mesmerizing harmonies and Reggae guitar ambience that peaks and valleys its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Been a Long Time” shifts gears with bluesy rock groove that delivers impressive Hammond Organ chops against heartfelt vocal delivery. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic The White Stripes, Cowboy Junkies, 10,000 Maniacs. The music itself is an impressive blend of R&B and Rock elements, yet with an alternative rock aftertaste. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Besides the 4 piece standard you will notice lush instrumentation with things like Hammond Organ chops, lush harmonies, piano, saxophone, horns, impressive solo guitar chops, rock solid rhythm section. Turning our attention squarely on Charley and Jesi - well they fit together like a hand in glove. Both take many vocal risks throughout the CD indicating to me a song and confident vocal ability. But above all both are in prefect musical harmony with the other. The songwriting is rock solid as provides a lot of musical variety. I can honestly say I was entertained the entire time, with never a dull moment to be found. From passionate “Looking out my Window” and “Weeks Turn to Days” to rocking “Let it Go” and “So Come On” to heartfelt “I Feel so Happy” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “I Feel so Happy”(Radio Edit)  the perfect finale piece waving you end for a smooth landing.

It’s had to find solid weakness with this CD.  The concept on the back of the CD misses the mark for me completely. 

From start to finish this latest release from Charley and Jesi is an impressive catalogue of music. The music is very consistent, well-crafted and extremely entertaining. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this entire catalogue. The production strokes: writing and playing abilities of these 2 are rock solid. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted and the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with rich conventional wisdom. Finally the vocal presence of both Charley and Jesi just bring it all together. Life is no dress rehersal - either is the music of Charley and Jesi. 

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