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Freeky Toady by Lester Bartlett

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Reviewed on 1st June 2002.


Freeky Toady

By Lester Bartlett

I'll be the first to admit that there are lots of things in my past that I once called accomplishments and yet the very thought of re-visiting them is enough to make me quietly weep. I have no doubt that I am not alone in this thought, but young Lester Bartlett is a long way from reaching that safe haven called hindsight. I have no doubt that in the future, when he does look back on this brave effort it will have the same "what was I thinking?" effect.

Lester's GCSE poetry combined with his comparable songwriting skills make this a particularly uncomfortable 4 song journey and the Queen references in the closing track (that's the band not the Ma'am) provide the listener with the weird "laugh or cry" sensation. The home recording quality doesn't help in adding to the overall effect of a "boy who just got his first 4-track for Christmas".

When Lester is older and has got his A in GCSE music (because the boy can play - piano technique on track 2 - 10/10) and he is legitimately old enough to go and watch live bands in dirty pubs where the sounds crap and the musicians have to work twice as hard to get the audiences attention, he may realise how to adapt his talents to better use. Until then he will remain the most popular rock and roller in the music room.



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