Hang On Mike "I gave you Bennie and the Jets/You gave me Kiss Alive II," sings head Candy Butcher Mike Viola, flaunting his familiarity with (and love for)… Hang On Mike "I gave you Bennie and the Jets/You gave me Kiss Alive II," sings head Candy Butcher Mike Viola, flaunting his familiarity with (and love for)… 2004-01-20 Candy Butchers
Music Review

Hang On Mike (2004)

Candy Butchers | EAR 'CANDY' Viola's CD will set your blood thumping
EAR 'CANDY' Viola's CD will set your blood thumping
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 20, 2004; Lead Performance: Candy Butchers

''I gave you Bennie and the Jets/You gave me Kiss Alive II,'' sings head Candy Butcher Mike Viola, flaunting his familiarity with (and love for) '70s rock on Hang On Mike. On the Butchers' third album, he leans decidedly more toward the Bennie template, using piano, not guitars, to drive his songs home. And what songs! Viola has a winning way with heartbreaking melodies that don't turn maudlin. Never mind the lack of six-string frenzy: This is power pop (i.e., pop that'll set your blood thumping) at its finest.

Originally posted Feb 20, 2004 Published in issue #752 Feb 20, 2004 Order article reprints