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CD REVIEW: My Fine Friend Phil – “Peace”
By Stacey Board - 03/23/2003 - 09:25 PM EST

Artist: Band: My Fine Friend Phil
Album: “Peace”
CD Review: Yes I know, it wasn’t that long ago that I was writing you a goo goo ga ga CD review of My Fine Friend Phil’s previous release “Damn Glad To Meet Ya”.

Apparently due to lots of buzz about that record, the band was approached with an opportunity to record with Gary Katz, former producer for Steely Dan. My Fine Friend Phil stepped up to the opportunity and voila, “Peace”.

There’s all the same delicious pop ‘yum’ here, if a little less quirk. The addition of more backing vocals does a nice job of warming things up, and the production is crisp and clean and flawless. One of my new favorites is “Someday” – great guitar hook and atmosphere.

The addition of the Mr. Famous Guy producer added nice polishing touches without changing the flavor or integrity of the music. Whew! My only moment to pout was when I heard the new version of “Matchless” from the previous record. Personally I like the first version better. But they picked a great song to give a retreatment.

Especially under the pressure of the timing of the opportunity to make this record so soon after the previous one, My Fine Friend Phil created another CD they should be really proud of. Phil Mann is a very talented writer and the band members Cameron Greider, Andy Burton, Brad Albetta and Tom Papadatos are all very talented players with a bright future ahead.

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