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Chris Caffery “Music Man” EP Black Lotus Records 2004 --Ken Pierce

Track Listing
1. Music Man
2. What Child Is This
3. Christmas Is
4. Forever We’ll Be
5. Pisses Me Off (Radio Edit)
6. Abandoned
7. Amazing Grace
8. Pisses Me Off
I have to give the guy credit for delivering a lot of music in a short amount of time. Chris Caffery not only recently released his double CD solo piece “Faces”, but has also made sure to give the fans some extra stuff on the EP versions for particular singles he wants to showcase.

This EP for “Music Man” is a welcome addition to the CD pile. It hightlights one of the more radio friendly compositions from "Faces". He also includes 4 new tracks as well. There is a clean version of “Pisses Me Off” which by making clever use of bleeps for the cursing, makes it a humorous listen. It also makes me find things that piss me off to compare notes to Chris’ ranting and raving.

The main reason I made sure to review this EP was for its inclusion of two new Christmas tracks. Fans of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra might like that aspect right off the bat. I really enjoyed "What Child Is This" as it holds a similar power and feel to "Christmas Eve Sarajevo". Chris did a great job on it this one and it is getting serious ply in my CD Changer. The track "Christmas Is", is the more ballady track of the two , nice and pleasant. Among the remaining tracks "Amazing Grace" (from GDW) while poignant, I think would been best to be left on the main CD and given room for another track.

This is also readily available via the website and I recommend that since Chris often gives his fans some cool extras when they order online.

Chris Caffery’s Homepage: www.chriscaffery.com

Rating: 8/10

--Ken Pierce 12.23.04
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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FacesChris Caffery
2005
Ken Pierce11/4/2004
Music ManChris Caffery
2004
Ken Pierce12/29/2004


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