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Reviewed on 19th March 2007.


Glitter In the Gutter

By Jesse Malin

After owning 'The Heat' for some time now, I was really excited about the upcoming album from New York's Jesse Malin. The ex-frontman of D-Generation and Heart Attack has found fame on his own, slow at first but the interest is growing, helped along by the connection with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong's label Adeline. Saying that the lad has enough well-known friends who appear all over this new album.

'Don't Let Them Take You Down (Beautiful Day)' is one of the best tracks from the album, kicking off with nice harmonies and an upbeat tune. 'In the Modern World' is a fast paced sing-a-long track about life's deals. QOTSA's Josh Hommes lends his guitar skills to the solo in 'Tomorrow Tonight', over a prominent drum beat. Oooh you say. Well The Boss is singing in next track 'Broken Radio'. Malin and Springsteen's vocals collide very well, singing about a woman who escapes the world by searching the stations on her car stereo. A sure-fire stadium anthem. Ryan Adams even strums along, as he does on four of the album's tracks.

'Prisoners Of Paradise' is a great tune to drive to; a stark contrast to the sombre tones of the previous track. Chris Shifflet of the Foo Fighters takes on some guitar duties. Then it's time for a couple of songs about the girls; 'Black Haired Girl' and 'Lucinda'; the first a catchy happy song - "She's a seven day weekend" with harmonies by Jakob Dylan, the next more of a traditional love song; the first song I believe written for that particular name.

The woo vocals by Malin on 'Love Streams' are a bit girlie, and could make some of his hardcore punk fans winch, and the lyrics "misunderstood / like Robin Hood / and Peter Pan" from 'Little Star' are slightly crazy, but the cover of The Replacements 'Bastards Of Young' makes up the dip in what is otherwise a grand collection of songs.

'Happy Ever After (Since Your In Love 2007)', as you can probably tell by the date, is a re-issued version of the track from last album 'The Heat', but with a few female vocals and backing instruments. The rock and roll is back on for 'NY Nights', then it's slowed down again for final track 'Aftermath, a great acoustic sing-a-long song, with Ryan Adams this time adding some vocal talent.

Overall this album is catchy - you may have heard what you though were these songs elsewhere, but this is done with style and on an unassuming level. Malin just writes about life with observant and clever lyrics, and although plenty of established people assisted him, I don't think he needed it.



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On 19th March 2007 at 21:30 Anonymous 3358 wrote...

This is another top album from Malin. Fans of The Replacements, Paul Westerberg, Springsteen or Warren Zevon will definitely like this.


On 22nd April 2008 at 15:23 Anonymous 7052 wrote...

Down to earth album, simple quality song writing, reminds you of what classic american rock should be like. Uplifting and honest.



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