Charlie Faye and the Fayettes offer a flawed but ultimately successful soul-pop offering.
Looking to reintroduce soul-pop back into the modern era, Charlie Faye and the Fayettes' new self-titled album draws from the monumental 1960s. The girl group -- led by Charlie Faye and backed by BettySoo and Akina Adderley -- attempt to bring back the music of the decade with their fun and joyful songs, and they do a pretty decent job at it. The double entendre filled "Green Light" is a pulsing delight while the exuberant "Eastside" features an amazing saxophone and bass showcase. The unlikely standouts here happen to be the songs that deal with relationship troubles. "Carelessly" and "One More Chance" contain the most traces of personality on the album with lines like "Maybe someday I'll meet another man I can endure." These tunes offer a nice shift on an album that can sometimes seem more like an imitation of the past than something personally inspired by it.