Charlie

Fight Dirty/Good Morning America

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This double disc from Charlie, who sounds like a cross between Toto and America, includes both the Fight Dirty and Good Morning America albums and is a fair depiction of their AOR style. The high harmony vocals of Terry Thomas set up the backdrop of saxophone and piano, accompanied by simple melodies set adrift on three-minute rock songs. While some of the tunes here carry a boogie beat, most are simple arrangements and are typical of the sound that dominated radio in the mid- and late '70s. The songs here leapfrog between ballads and full tempo rock songs, all incorporating serene, lavish synthesizer bubbling up here and there. Charlie's music is representative of that innocent, surface-shimmering pop sound that has long since faded away, but can still have its moments.

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