Monday, June 15, 2009

"What You Talkin' About" by Tom Cherry and Friends (Easy Listening Artist from Hawaii(HI))

Like a sunset on the beaches of Hawaii, "What You Talkin' About," the new CD by Tom Cherry and Friends, offers all the warmth and comfort of a Hawaiian breeze over the course of 10 songs as engaging as they are relaxing. With a sound anchored deep in '70's soft-rock waters, Cherry's smooth-as-sand-pebble voice is right at home on light and breezy R&B like pop songs of love and romance, and the channels our emotions navigate. The CD opener, "Sweet Honey" has all the earmarks, with its accented guitar fills and funky bass style. Further along, such '70's stalwarts as Michael Franks and Al Jarreau are convincingly conjured on tunes like "Driving to Lahaina" and "I Believe in Me" as Cherry and Friends mirror R&B / contemporary jazz veins of inspiration. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" captures the milieu of the '70s era in a re-styling of the Creedence Clearwater hit, while the tender treatment accorded "Fool Such As I" shows Cherry at his relaxed best. Showing more adventurousness, Cherry re-works Dylan's "Watchtower" in a jazzy, funk-bottomed rendition that's fresh and respectful. Filled with hopefulness and affirmation, Tom Cherry and Friends' "What You Talkin' About" CD captures the mood and sound of another era to perfection, making it, in the process, a fine collection of Adult Contemporary pop for today's audience.

-Rice B. and the Reviewer Team
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