Tony Carey has taken the art of musical story telling to all new heights. The Boystown Tapes is a musical compendium of short stories, each song being it's own volume. Stories that reflect on childhood and the innocence of youth, stories that protest the proliferation of hate, technology and information in the modern world as well as stories that illustrate the pain of dealing with loved ones addicted to drugs.
Best known for '80s classic rock hits like "A Fine, Fine Day," "I won't Be Home Tonight" and "Why Me?" (from his awesome side project, Planet P), Tony Carey returns with his deep, emotionally resonant, and sometimes breathtaking "The Boystown Tapes," an outstanding collection of story songs in the finest, purest rock tradition. Although there's nothing revolutionary on the album, there are no weak songs, either, and tracks like the edgy, insistent "A Long Way From Home (part 2)," the airy, melodic "Boystown," the grippingly hooky "Only The Young (part 1)," and the poignant, mournful "Matchgirl" are sure to find a home in any beating heart. Carey has a rare gift for expressive songcraft, and fans of this style owe it to themselves to discover his newest sonic gem, his best record since the excellent "Some Tough City." -- The Big Room - Spinme.com - July 1999
This album is all class. The songs, the vocals and the over all blending of instruments make this album a compelling listen from start to finish. This album is one of the best Tony Carey albums I have heard. Close even to the rock lovers' Blue Highway and Some Tough City. Vocally, I haven't heard Carey better. On Boystown, the vocals are a mix of what we know and love with a little Chris Rea and Richard Marx and even a more pop rock Neil Diamond. Carey does a wonderful version of Solitary Man with a thin keyboard and drum sound underneath a more prominent vocal. The album sweeps through atmospheric ballads like Everything You've Got, the awesome feel good Boystown and Looking At The Moon; to the power ballads like I Don't Even Know Her Name and the harder sound of A Long Way From Home. -- Andrew McNeice - Melodicrock.com - April 1999