Saturday, February 26, 2011

Stephanie Bosch: "Stupid Charlie" (EP review)

Stupid Charlie is the forthcoming EP from transplanted Albertan Stephanie Bosch.  Now residing in Toronto, Bosch is working tirelessly on building her audience.  This record should help a lot.

The EP kicks off with the title track, a number that hits you like an amped-up version of KT Tunstall.  It's quickly followed by the irresistibly hook-laden rocker "Skin".

Bosch slows things down to close things out with the minimal yet tense "Alone Eventually".  It's in this environment that her sharp-tongued lyrics stand out the most.

There are a couple of miscues along the way.  "Wasted" is a less-than-memorable cut, not quite filler, but certainly not up to the standards of the rest of these songs.  Bosch's rendition of Marilyn Manson's "Beautiful People" doesn't work either.  While I applaud the concept and the bravery involved in attempting to tackle that kind of song and make it her own, the execution of the arrangements is simply not right.

Despite the odd slip Stupid Charlie gives you more than enough moments to be able to tell that Bosch is a talented musician and songwriter.  We should be hearing a lot more from her in the very near future.

Stephanie Bosch plays a CD release party at the El Mocambo in Toronto on April 14th.

Best tracks: "Stupid Charlie", "Skin"

Track list for Stupid Charlie:
  • Stupid Charlie
  • Skin
  • Wasted
  • Beautiful People
  • Alone Eventually
Stephanie Bosch's website

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