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Album Review

Headroom established Bleu as a Boston sensation, but his "Somebody Else" on the blockbuster soundtrack to Spiderman introduced him to more mainstream audiences and paved the way for his second record, Redhead. While it is the proper follow-up to Headroom, Redhead also includes re-recorded versions of four cuts from that album, along with "Somebody Else" and nine new tracks. The most noticeable change from the debut is evident in the execution: The subtle electronic elements on Headroom, along with some of that disc's charming quirkiness, have been replaced with a muscular, straightforward mainstream rock sound. At first this can be a little disconcerting, since Redhead feels like a slightly more anonymous work, but the quality of the new cuts saves the entire affair. The Andy Sturmer co-penned cut "Could Be Worse" sounds exactly like you'd imagine — Bleu and Jellyfish mixed together, with an end product something like Supertramp. Storming power pop like "Ursula Major, Ursula Minor" sits comfortably next to gorgeous ballads like "We'll Do It All Again." Bleu does occasionally let his more maudlin, dramatic vocal sensibilities run wild here, making him at times sound like a rockier Rufus Wainwright, but even the biggest departures aren't shockingly different from Headroom. Redhead is just a pop record, but it feels like a manifesto, playing smoothly from end to end. Fans of modern guitar pop and singer/songwriters can't miss with this.

Customer Reviews

Bleu is Alternative Rock!!!

Honestly, it doesn't sound like pop
to me, which I hate most of
the time in my life, I always
maintain my playlist by
containing classic &
alternative rock, including
nothing else at all, likewise
I keep my music library very
tight, just 110% Plain Rock N Roll,
and what I'm talking about now

Best in show.

i went to see switchfoot back in college. Bleu was one of the opening acts. I had never heard of them before, but I switchfoot should have been opening for them. So cool. oh and Ddbdd is about a blow up doll, incase you didnt catch that.

Dig this

Start with “Won’t Go Hollywood”. If that doesn’t hook you, check your pulse.


Born: July 18, 1975

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Before becoming one of the biggest names in Boston's power-pop scene, Bleu (born William James McAuley III) made his mark on the local scene with Bing Bang Holidang, a Christmas-themed charity album that highlighted guest appearences by fellow Bostonians like Dicky Barrett (Mighty Mighty Bosstones) and Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo). In 2000, he teamed up with engineer/producer Ducky Carlisle for his solo debut, Headroom, which was released later that year. After winning the WBCN Rock 'n' Roll Rumble,...
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