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Being a power pop artist doesn't have much commercial currency these days, but that hasn't stopped Bleu from releasing a string of solid, hook-laden albums. Four is his first collection of new material in years -- A Watched Pot, although released in 2009, was recorded half-a-decade earlier -- and it takes its cues from 1970s AM radio pop, American trad rock, and the same singer/songwriter tradition championed by contemporary popsters like Butch Walker. With help from a rotating cast of musicians (including the Section Quartet and former L.E.O. bandmate Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.), Bleu cycles through pop tunes like he's competing in the Tour de France, unveiling hook after hook with nary a gap in energy. Even the ballads, from the falsetto-laden "How Blue" to the Van Morrison-styled "In Love with My Lover," have enough sugared melody to maintain the pace. The album is irreverent, too, featuring one of Bleu's best vocal performances during "When the Shit Hits the Fan" (sample lyric: "You know, there's a putrid wind about to blow") and making room for everything from funk horns to girl group gospel harmonies on the zippy "Dead in the Mornin'." In some alternate universe, Bleu would be topping the charts alongside Rooney, Butch Walker, and other torchbearers of classic pop
ock. In this world, though, he's relegated to power pop cult royalty, and Four extends his reign a little bit longer.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2010
Label: The Major Label
UPC: 0634457536623
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 145828

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bleu   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Musician
Richard Dodd   Cello
Paul Ahlstrand   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Scott Aruda   Trumpet
Ducky Carlisle   Drums,Tambourine
David Harris   Trombone
Roger Manning   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dorian Crozier   Drums
Michael Dinallo   Electric Guitar
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Daphne Chen   Violin
Eric Barao   Background Vocals
Dustin Hengst   Background Vocals
Taylor Locke   Background Vocals
Seth Kasper   Drums
Deanna Della Cioppa   Background Vocals
Leah Katz   Viola
Max Toste   Background Vocals
Joseph Seiders   Drums,Background Vocals
Alex Necochea   Electric Guitar
Section Quartet   Strings
Maclaine Diemer   Background Vocals
Yamil Suarez   Background Vocals
Wendy Mittlestadt   Violin,Viola
Medford Horns   Horn
Peter Moore   Background Vocals
Nikko Patten   Trombone,Background Vocals
Mike Woods   Background Vocals
Kevmanndude   Background Vocals
Dave Munro   Background Vocals
Chris Price   Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Chris Anderson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Ahlstrand   Horn Arrangements
Ducky Carlisle   Producer,Engineer,Drum Engineering
Roger Manning   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Stephen Lu   String Arrangements
Dorian Crozier   Producer,Engineer
Bill DeMain   Composer
Bleu   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Eric Barao   Vocal Engineer
Deanna Della Cioppa   Composer
Evan Taubenfeld   Vocal Engineer
Scott Simons   String Arrangements
Madi Diaz   Composer
Janée Meadows   Artwork
Jon Schroeder   Engineer
Paul Du Gré   Engineer

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