Charlie Major

Everything's Alright

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Charlie Major's third album, Everything's Alright, doesn't break any new ground -- it sticks to the course set by his first couple of recordings. Unfortunately, in doing so, it lacks some of the freshness that characterized those earlier albums. Kicking off with the rocking "I'm Feeling Kind of Lucky Tonight," the 11 songs on the album traverse familiar terrain. These are models of blue-collar, rock-influenced country, drawing equal inspiration from Bruce Springsteen (and his followers) and Rodney Crowell. Major has made a name writing driving songs -- this time around it's the optimistic "I Keep on Driving" -- but instead of driving as escape, this song deals with driving as a return to his lover's embrace. One of the album's best tracks is Neil Diamond's "Thank the Lord for the Night Time," which is given a rock-solid performance. Like his previous efforts, Everything's Alright is characterized by solid playing by lead guitarist Steuart Smith and bass player Glenn Worf. Major is a journeyman writer and singer, producing solid if unexceptional material. All in all, Everything's Alright will appeal to Major's fans, but it won't convert those who weren't convinced by his earlier efforts.