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Texas Platters

Reviewed by Libby Webster, February 8, 2019, Music

Girl gang vocals by Charlie Faye, Akina Adderley, and BettySoo once again commit bubblegum retro-pop on second LP The Whole Shebang. "I Don't Need No Baby" flips the Ronettes' iconic "Be My Baby" by employing the same swaying beat on a punchy, newfound independence. "Stone Cold Fox" mixes group harmonies and honky-tonk, then suddenly drops into "Night People," with all the trappings of slick Seventies soul: blaring horn, a funky bassline. Both "1-2-3-4" and "The Cream Rises to the Top" veer into cloying, übertwee territory, but danceable closer "You Gotta Give It Up (Party Song)" delivers the album highlight atop Go-Go's attitude, surfy guitar, and protest/party lyrics. Rarely does The Whole Shebang transcend its retro influence, but it's glittering grab bag of sound parties through the decades with Faye all costumed. (CD release: Continental Club, Friday 8).

**.5



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The Austin Chronicle

https://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2019-02-08/charlie-faye-and-the-fayettes-the-whole-shebang/

Texas Platters

Reviewed by Libby Webster, February 8, 2019, Music

Girl gang vocals by Charlie Faye, Akina Adderley, and BettySoo once again commit bubblegum retro-pop on second LP The Whole Shebang. "I Don't Need No Baby" flips the Ronettes' iconic "Be My Baby" by employing the same swaying beat on a punchy, newfound independence. "Stone Cold Fox" mixes group harmonies and honky-tonk, then suddenly drops into "Night People," with all the trappings of slick Seventies soul: blaring horn, a funky bassline. Both "1-2-3-4" and "The Cream Rises to the Top" veer into cloying, übertwee territory, but danceable closer "You Gotta Give It Up (Party Song)" delivers the album highlight atop Go-Go's attitude, surfy guitar, and protest/party lyrics. Rarely does The Whole Shebang transcend its retro influence, but it's glittering grab bag of sound parties through the decades with Faye all costumed. (CD release: Continental Club, Friday 8).

**.5



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