The Long Island-born Farley made his debut in 1998 with On the Edge of Somewhere and is one of the hardest-working musicians in Cleveland (just this year, he will have played at festivals in Boston, Atlanta, and upstate New York, and he regularly plays locally). Working in his favor is that he writes songs with some bite to them. With his band -- guitarist Jeff Nagel, bassist Jeff Beam, and drummer Joe Rohan -- Farley delves into blues ("When It All Comes Down"), soft rock ("Comes With a Conscience"), and pop ("She's Alone Tonight"). Some of the adult alternative fare here is a little too weepy -- "Far Away" is whiny, and its chug-a-lug guitars never kick into high gear. But Farley, who has a voice that's deep and emotive, sounds downright pissed on "Can't Be Your Man" and "Fight No More," two tracks that successfully serve as bitter kiss-offs to ex-lovers.
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