CD REVIEW: Bleu "Four"

Bleu is a warrior. After having been on hiatus for some time (as a solo artist - he wrote songs for tons of other musicians) he cranks out his second album in as many years. Aptly titled, this is his fourth album and brings us back to the time when he was embraced by the world after the release of "Redhead." This album featured Bleu once again doing what he does best: quirky power pop rock song with substance, quality, and grace. "B.O.S.T.O.N." is an instant classic, with its clever lyrics and Weezer-esque delivery, showing why we fell in love with Bleu and why we should all over again. Other standouts include "Evil Twin" and "Singin' In Tongues." Some surprises on the album are "In Love With My Lover" and "Dead In The Mornin'" which showcase sides of Bleu that have been few and far between in other recordings, with lyrical content and musical delivery that he has usually given away to other musicians and not kept for himself. Needless to say it's one of the best of the year, and quite possibly the best independently released power pop record of the last five years.