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Cha Cha Cha

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For thirty years Fred Eaglesmith has been traveling and playing his songs for anyone who wants to listen and judging by his quirky legion of fans, people have been. Recent cuts by superstars Toby Keith ("White Rose"), Miranda Lambert ("Time to Get a Gun") and Alan Jackson ("Freight Train") only add to the ride. Moving in step with his career momentum, Eaglesmith delivers his 18th album of finely penned tunes, Cha Cha Cha, which promises a little swing, a little soul and is an evolution of Eaglesmith's music. The playfulness of the album's Bossa Nova arrangements finds Eaglesmith in the midst of a love crisis. Songs such as "Careless," "I Would," and "Shallow" depict a man who is longing for lovers, but is short on takers. Featuring backup vocals by Austin's The Fabulous Ginn Sisters and raw, rocking arrangements from his always steady band, The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Show, Eaglesmith is in the middle of a happy-sounding Bossa Nova dream, but without a partner.

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lonesome Day
  • ASIN: B003JLA4HQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bluzboy on July 19, 2010
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I'll admit I was skeptical buying this CD. I have all Fred's other stuff including the DVD'S and those cool cassettes that came in the handmade wooden boxes. I wasn't too big on "Tinderbox", a more recent album but he followed that up with "Milly's Cafe" which was excellent. With "Tinderbox", I thought Fred was going for a sound that just didn't fit his writing style. The album "Dusty" marked a new approach to his sound production and this album continues in that vein.
The first spin on the player wasn't a grabber. Fredheads aren't usually treated to back-up female vocals or keyboards so for a Fredhead purist the addition was a little jarring at first. But by the second spin I was grinning broadly. "Dynamite and Whisky is the standout "rocker". Fred's growl perfectly fits the demeanor of the tempo. "I Would" left me humming the ditty and singing along with the chorus. Fred's voice is a little gruffer now. Years and years and thousands of shows will take it's toll but when the voice fits the song it works well. "Shallow" is a good example of old Fred balladry meeting new production values and it works well. It's probably my favorite song on the cd.
I still long for an old-style Fred album. "There Ain't No Easy Road", "From the Paradise Motel" and "Things Is Changing" represent the zenith of Fred's songwriting skills. The classic "Drive In Movies" is on my top 10 albums list to put into a time capsule so future generations get a sense of the essence of troubador-style music. "Cha Cha Cha" gets better with each listen but will never rise to the level of Fred's previous work.
I'll never forget my first Fred Eaglesmith live show. Four guys- Fred, Willie, Ralph and Washboard Hank on percussion. It was about 25 degrees and we were outside at Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa, Fl.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Bupp on June 28, 2010
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Amazon refers to Fred's quirky legion of fans. I am (one of the) legion and love this cd. Fred once again takes his own road - maybe as with "Dusty" all the Fredheads won't love this one, but there is much to at least like. The band gets tighter and tighter as time goes by, the Ginn Sisters vocals add a lot to the sound, especially "Careless", and have the right feel for what Fred is doing now. This CD gives us a good reason to learn how to cha cha.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Farrell on June 20, 2010
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If the music of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen could somehow mate, this would be the resultant love child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MoveeBuff on June 28, 2010
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Eaglesmith's songs are almost impossible to classify, along with his voice which ranges from dark and raspy to low down bluesy. There's nothing complicated about his lyrics or tunes which might be why they're so addictive.
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By Music Addict on July 19, 2014
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I have 17 collections by Fred; 4 of them are 2 disc sets. Doesn't make me an expert, I don't spend that much time listening to them. So much music, so little time.

There are always 2 or 3 songs that stand out to me, but not really any entire albums I want to hear over and over. Right now "Shallow" is my favorite track on this disc, and I do agree that the back-up girls are a real plus. but if you are new to this artist there are probably better releases to start with. Some of the songs ("I Would" for example) seem a bit repetitive.

Mr. Eaglesmith seems like a good candidate for a career spanning retrospective, but that's probably not gonna happen (and they never get the songs right anyway)... guess I will eventually make my own. (btw Fred's original last name is Elgersma; until I learned that I always imagined he might be Native North American. Guess he still could be.)

I don't hear the Tom Waits comparison (vocally Fred is far more palatable and less eccentric) and I sure as heck don't hear Leonard Cohen (for goodness sake, Leonard's an intellectual!). Although I guess there is the Canadian thing. Anyone who has lasted this long obviously sound mostly like himself, but if pressed for comparisons I would offer Springsteen when he's in rustic troubadour mode and most definitely J.J. Cale. I guess Fred will be out on the road forever - if he gets down to Fort Worth I'd love to see him play.
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By M. Northuis on May 11, 2013
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Below is the first draft of the review for this CD, after "rediscovering this rockin' li'i gem I have listened to it almost every day all the songs are top-
notch and the whole album burns like a slow fuse, hope he does more in this style.
I upped the rating to 5 stars and next to Lipstick, Lies... and 50 Odd dollars has
become one of my faves of FE's output.
After the slight letdown of Tinderbox and not caring much for Balin's overly countrified sound I bought this CD with some trepidation. After a couple of listens I put a song or two on a compilation and forgot this CD. Last week on a small road-trip I had a hankerin' for some Fred and decided to take this along, wow this one rocks a bit has a nice slow burn, it has been in my CD player ever since.
Songs like Shallow, I Would and Dynamite & Whiskey are up there with his
best, I would suggest to reviewers that gave it a thumbs down in comparison
to older FE that they give it another chance like I did. They may find it
quite listenable, perhaps not too Waitsian, just Waitsian enough.
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By Brian B on September 16, 2010
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I'm loving Fred's new sound on Cha Cha Cha. From the first song I thought, "This is going to be a different CD than what I expected." And it's different in all the good ways. Granted, I listen to everything and I thrive on public radio like WFPK and WXPN and switch between country and alt-rock stations on Sirius. So my musical tastes can't be pigeon-holed. I've listened to this three times so far and like it more each time. This CD is a joy to listen to and definitely a great addition to my music collection.
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