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This week Jeffrey Morgan jumps the Media Blackout #199!
Animo — Blood in the Water (self released) :: Juvenile generic angst in their red-stained underpants. Why can't you ever find a great white shark when you really need one?
Mike Gordon — The Green Sparrow (Rounder) :: There's a lot here to like, such as the hip-swingin' "Voices," which reminds me of jazzy Stanley Clarke merged with poppy Todd Rundgren. Then "Andelmans' Yard" morphs into a silky Steve Miller vibe — and that's even better.
Ten Shekel Shirt — Jubilee (Rounder) :: This one reminds me of the thoughtful moderate up-tempo ballads that Unca Lou Reed used to offer up, especially on the third "grey" Velvets album — and Lou was always a softy at heart. But in addition to such sensitive songwriting, I'm equally encouraged that TSS are also capable of picking up the pace apiece as they prove they can do on a track like "Spark."
Sarah McLachlan Ė Rarities, B-Sides & Other Stuff (Nettwerk) :: She is woman, hear me snore after listening to these sappy and slushy MOR songs without a single shred of personality. And with a lame résumé like that, how much do you wanna bet that she's probably a Canadian?
Throw the Fight — In Pursuit of Tomorrow (Cordless) :: Yet another generic, angst-in-their-pangst band with an original song called "Ready for War" that should've been a John Cale cover.
Ghostkeeper — And the Children of the Great Northern Muskeg (Saved By Radio) :: Here come the warm red stripes as Eno meets Linda McCartney on this delightfully wonky electropop album that's augmented with a delirious dash of early Alice Cooper!
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Blacklist Union — Breakin Bread With the Devil (B.L.U.) :: Cooze-infused badass rock 'n' roll that manages to mix within a scant half hour a hyper speed freak Japanesque glamatronic melody vocal style with a crushing Motörheadesque guitarasonic rave-up. One of the best albums of the year, even if they do slip up by putting the photo of a big-bosomed babe on the actual disc instead of the front cover.
Be seeing you next week for MB200!