Release Date: Jun 10, 2016
Record label: N/A
Beneath the twang and jangle, there's always been a strong pop undercurrent to Charlie Faye's music, so it's not entirely surprising that she decided to go full girl group for her 2016 album, Charlie Faye & the Fayettes. Supported by Akina Adderley and BettySoo, Faye expertly re-creates the swaying sweet nothings of the pre-Beatles '60s, but she's no literal-minded revivalist. She ropes in the Southern funk of Stax on "Eastside" (a sound she also mines in a lighter fashion on "Sweet Little Messages"), digs into a slow churchy groove on "One More Chance," and dresses "See You Again" with guitars that ring so bright and clear that they can't help but recall power pop.
Looking to reintroduce soul-pop back into the modern era, Charlie Faye and the Fayettes’ new self-titled album draws from the monumental 1960s. The girl group—led by Charlie Faye and backed by BettySoo and Akina Adderley—attempt to bring back the music of the decade with their fun and joyful songs, and they do a pretty decent job at it. The double entendre filled “Green Light” is a pulsing delight while the exuberant “Eastside” features an amazing saxophone and bass showcase.
Charlie Faye is fearless. On disc, the Austinite likes tying everything together conceptually. In 2011's Travels With Charlie, she rambled cross country and recorded songs with musicians she knew along the way. This time, Faye marinates in a Sixties girl-group sound – Shirelles, Supremes, Shangri-Las – and doesn't update the sound as much as immerse herself in it.