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by Mike Farley

Powerful, driving, gritty modern rock that stumbles into your affection in a big way and with a big sound.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 17 Regrets
4:42 $0.99
2. Spread These Wings
3:43 $0.99
3. Disguise
4:04 $0.99
4. Sort Of Strangers
4:38 $0.99
5. Cinderella
4:37 $0.99
6. In Your Heart
4:50 $0.99
7. Blue
4:01 $0.99
8. Way Back Then
3:10 $0.99
9. When Lights Go Down
3:43 $0.99
10. Anywhere
3:57 $0.99
11. Right Now
4:10 $0.99
12. Fall
3:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
Mike's latest is his first studio release in over 2 years. The hiatus from recording provided him time to perform with good guy rockers like Better Than Ezra, Huey Lewis & The News and Michael Stanley. It has also given him quite a few chances to test out his new material; which has been making a huge splash--especially when thrown into a large body of water, or administered with many watts to a mass of people.

"You know how your tongue gets when you eat some candy, like a blueberry sucker, blue Pop Rocks, or something?" Farley muses. "Well, that is what this album is all about. It stains your soul with a sweet and sticky but ultimately blue tint." Underneath Mike's polished pop sound are serious tales of loss, suffering and pain, as well as the push and pull magnetic force that are human relations.

"Everyone involved in the process of making this album was told that the song comes first," says Farley. Manager Jason Linder and Mike even came up with the motto, "songs, simple" to act as a directional mantra for themselves and the project as a whole. The idea is simple songs that everyone can relate to and the song being most important, no fluff added.

Farley, who has in the past been named best Modern Rock Band and best Singer/Songwriter by Cleveland press and has taken the stage at venues such as the Odeon, Nautica, The Agora and Tower City Amphitheater, plans to expand his music career with this release.

"....the disc's (blue) production is asexacting as Farley's performance schedule, setting his warm, mid-range vocals against carefully balanced arrangements."
- F. Soults; Scene Magazine

"Farley shows as ability to vent that makes him better than singer-songriters who tend to whitewash their emotions with greeting card sentiments and false optimism." - Jeff Neisel; FreeTimes



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Rob #68

Great CD! Best local CD I've heard in a long time!
Every song on the disc is great! Mike really did a great job on the material and the selection of artists. The disc itself is the best quality of a local artist I've heard. Very, very professional all around. The quality of the disc matches and compliments the quality of the songs themselves. The disc rarely leaves my changer.

Jamey Codding

More critical acclaim is on the way!
Mike Farley, a veteran of Cleveland’s local music scene and currently one of its brightest stars, should continue to rake in critical acclaim with the release of his fourth full-length album, Blue. An admitted fan of rock/pop mainstays like the Goo Goo Dolls and Better Than Ezra, the Long Island native draws from several musical influences while still managing to generate an album that’s pure Mike Farley, complete with his often painful lyrics, signature voice and plenty of hooks to snare anyone who simply enjoys quality music.

Blue starts off with a solid up-tempo tune called “17 Regrets” before gliding into one of the album’s finer points, “Spread These Wings,” featuring background vocals from Farley’s fiancée, Jennifer Preisler. After just one listen, I found myself humming the chorus nearly two hours later, proving that the song and, on a grander scale, the entire album are both crammed with staying power. The third track, “Disguise,” is a keyed-up romp through the aftermath of failed love while “Sort of Strangers” will ring true to anybody who’s ever gone through the pitfalls of a long-distance relationship. “Cinderella” is another memorable song that’s propped up by a fantastic chorus that’ll bounce around inside your head for days, and on “Way Back Then,” Farley proudly flashes his Goo-Gooish influences.

But Mike’s at his best when he tones it down a couple notches on “Blue,” “Right Now” and, most notably, “Fall,” a stunning song written four years ago that, incredibly, never found its way onto one of Farley’s three previous releases. With just an acoustic guitar keeping him company on “Fall,” Mike admits, “I’m not the kind of person / To guess it all without a clue / But I would move a mountain / If you said that’s how to get to you.” Coming on the heels of several songs that deal with heartbreak and loss, “Fall” seems to be Farley’s way of turning his back on those painful memories for good, serving as a brilliantly poignant ribbon on an inspired package of songs.

Now sure, we’d love to keep Mike, who also doubles as Bullz-Eye.com’s music editor, as happy as possible but this review is nonetheless pure and unbiased. If you’re tired of hearing the same 15 songs on the radio day after boring day, or if you’re just looking for a great modern rock disc, then pick this one up. Blue is one of those albums that, if it doesn’t immediately grab you by the earlobe and pull you in, just give it a couple more spins because, soon enough, Farley’s talent and passion for his music will completely win you over.

~Jamey Codding

Heather Lawdis

The Best CD You'll Ever Own
What can I say but, Awesome! Every song on this CD is soulful and has meaningful lyrics. The music speaks to your heart and somehow envelops a life of its own and soars beyond. This is a CD you can't even pick a favorite song on, because they all sound so good. If there is one CD to own and add to a collection, it is definitely this one.


Blue to Catapault Farley
The Mike Farley surge continues to build tidal force with the latest release of "Blue". Riding the wave from the incredibly popular album "Halfaworldaway" fans are washed over by this talented song-writers energy. Farley navigates his words down a winding river of music and vocals with crafted precision and passion. It is obvious to hear from the graduated efforts of prior albums that his ship will soon find harbor with a major label.