Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
I hear a mix of Elvis Costello and The Band. Not too much, just enough to give the readers a bit of a reference point. This is a superfine album. It is a pleasure to listen to. I even hear a bit of R&B. This is eclectic, to say the least. The differences in the songs create a bit of anticipation, wondering what will happen next. Glenn Morrow is a Jersey boy, Hoboken, to be exact.
Even though Morrow is from Jersey this album has a shit load of New York swagger. The straight ahead songs have a bit of an edge to them. It is hard to articulate, but it contains a little bit of New York throughout the album. It evokes images of taxis, steam shooting through the man holes, eccentric people, and the smell of kebabs in the air. Also, a little bit of danger as well.
An early lead for favorite song is taken by Comfort Zone (Track 3). This is a song that demands some reflection. The message I pull away from this sing is to keep pushing the envelope. Don’t get comfortable and lazy. Challenge yourself. Make each day count. Make each minute count. Take risks. The greater the risk, the greater the reward, or so I have read. You can’t edit a blank page and you can’t sing an unwritten song. Apply ass to chair.
Let The Kid Come Out (Track 6) has a whole heaping helping of Velvet Underground vibe. OK, let me add Johnny Thunders to the list. There is definitely some homage to Thunders on this tune. And some serious loud and raucous guitar parts. They are reined in beautifully with perfect transitions. I really dig this song a whole lot.
In fact, the entire album is really wonderful. A very easy listen and some really urgent music. Maybe the dark ages are over and this is the beginning of the new Renaissance. It is completely plausible. The other fact that is quite plausible is that this album will look great in your record collection.
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