To A Friend/Did You Think I Was Gone?

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New York alt country ensemble Tandy released two of their better albums, 2005's To a Friend and 2006's Did You Think I Was Gone?, in limited editions through their own Yellow Slipper label, but fans and curious observers who missed out on them will be glad to know that 00:02:59 Records has reissued both discs in a specially priced double set. To a Friend is the gentler of the two albums, and is an excellent showcase for the vocal and lyrical skills of group founder Mike Ferrio; the sandy warmth of his singing brings his songs to life, and with guitarist Drew Glackin and percussionist/keyboard man Bruce Martin at his side, he delivers ten compelling and subtly moving performances. While Did You Think I Was Gone? is nearly as impressive on the surface, it's a bit more problematic once you dig into it. Did You Think leans towards a more rocking sound with a bluesy accent, and Ferrio and Glackin seem to welcome the opportunity to give the music a little more bite. But Ferrio's lyrics aren't as effective, and he reveals a curious fascination with referencing songs and albums by other artists, running the gamut from Buddy Holly to Iggy Pop, and ultimately this proves more distracting then entertaining. Still, the album has more than its share of fine moments, and To a Friend and Did You Think I Was Gone? play well together as a two-record set; if this isn't the perfect place to immerse yourself in Tandy's music, it's pretty close, and offers a hefty portion of good music for the money. For this release, each disc gets a hidden bonus track: To a Friend includes an Eric Clapton cover, and Did You Think I Was Gone? features a remix of "Misery Boys."

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