As one who grew up in South Florida, Charlie was the king of the music scene. He put out three great albums and then went on with life. And now he is back, some 30 plus years later, with "See You in Miami." This is a great record, from the blistering guitar of "That's What I like About Miami" (Featuring Peter Buck of REM on guitars) to an homage to my hometown "Hialeah Backstretch" Charlie proves that he not only still has it, he never lost it. Beautifully designed, with wonderful liner notes by the renown Holly Gleason, this is a blistering CD, and one I highly recommend.
This is a guitar album, and a damn good one. It's beautiful and raw, but not pretty. If you now what I mean. My imagination led me to believe that I heard Mick Taylor on one song and Kim Simmonds on another. And Billy Gibbons and Neil Young. Tom Verlaine too. Charlie is not afraid to wear his influences on his sleeve. More than that, he's damn proud of it. But don't get me wrong, this ain't no tribute record. It's fresh and original. It's vintage Charlie Pickett and maybe his best record yet. And, that says a lot.
Charlie Pickett is BACK - and in a serious way. Spectacular guitar work, instantly memorable riffs, this is what his fans have been waiting for, and it was worth the wait. Accompanied by Peter Buck, “What I like about Miami” is the song that needs to replace “Start me up” at every Dolphins and Marlins game, it just has that instant energy and pure pump of adrenaline. “So long Johnny” is both highly personal and musically reflective of the best of Pickett. Prophetically, the final track, “Too good to end” says it all. Simply brilliant.