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Album Review

For his second CD, Josh Charles showcases his talents as a songwriter in the contemporary blues tradition with a sleek program recorded in a New Orleans studio that oozes cool more than shouts it. Playing acoustic or electric keyboards with organist John Roggie, a spare backup band, two guitarists in Mike Ciro and Steve Jablas, occasionally three horns and three female singers, Charles and co-songwriter Ric Steel offer mostly mellowed-down music in soulful, brown-eyed tones closer to a common-denominator-styled Harry Connick, Jr. with a distinct Crescent City non-jazz flavor. While many of these tunes offer the same approach and slowed tempo, especially as the recording goes on, Charles does offer some variation early on, like a soft, funky, pop, non-reggae version of Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come." Then there's an energetic original "The Waiting Game" with horns and backup vocals, a Steve Wonder-flavored title track lightly spiced up with Wurlitzer organ, the distinct gospel blues "I'm Always Here for You," and the most upbeat cut, "Pickin' Up the Pieces" where Dr. John's gumbo-infused piano style with the horns comes through more than the other selections. There's pleasant music here, nothing to shake things thing, but also not tame by any means. Josh Charles is a work in progress, and it will be interesting to see if he goes the more commercial route as he's capable of, or digs down further into the roots of the blues. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Josh Charles Love, Work & Money

This album is excellent for anyone who loves the bluesy jazz sounds of New Orleans or anyone who likes to have a good time with their tunes. Plus, the proceeds from "Healing Time" go to help in the rebuilding of New Orleans so it is a total win. My favorite songs are Love, Work & Money The Waiting Game (such a true message) Healing Time I'm Always There for you (another great message) Pickin up the Pieces. Oh, well, they are all really great. Absolutely one of those cd's you can listen to all the way through while reading, driving, having diner, working, or even working out!

Josh Charles Love, Work & Money

My recap of a few of the songs on this release.

When I play "Love, Work and Money" I have to #1) Turn it UP and #2) Dance in my office chair. This is one of those songs that will stay in your head. You will find yourself singing it when you are feeling your best.

"Healing Time" is what got me interested in Josh in the first place. The offer to give away the proceeds of this song to the rebuilding of New Orleans made me stop and take notice of him as an individual and his music has kept me a follower ever since.

"It Ain't Easy" I don't think an album is complete without a ballad and this is the one to round out all the other songs in this release.

"I'm Always Here For You" IS my favorite song on this release. He used to have a different version of this available for listening on his web site. This new version has far more soul and warmth.

As individual songs, you will have no trouble working them into your current play lists.

Taken as a whole this release IS it's own play list.
Easy transitions from one song to the other. Enough energy to get me through painting my living room and just enough misery to drink a shot of JD and reminisce about love gone by.

The only way you could do better then buying this release is to buy two.

@Bluelint

Love, Work and Money - Josh Charles

This is an amazingly wonderful CD of music that reminds me of the 1970's when New Orleans music was really going strong. I received my copy yesterday and have enjoyed listening to it and would recommend it highly!

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