Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Walter Clevenger - The Man With The X-ray Eyes - 1997

Clevenger serves up power-pop with a rootsy flavor on The Man With the X-ray Eyes; comparisons to Nick Lowe are not only obvious, but unavoidable -- "Yesterday's News Now" is a virtual rewrite of Lowe's "They Called It Rock," while tracks like "Angels," "Love You Like a King" and "Love (A Misunderstood Thing)" feel like nothing so much as Rockpile outtakes. Still, the album is largely successful; Clevenger is a fine songwriter with a knack for catchy hooks, and his affection for classic pop music is clearly genuine -- "Yesterday Come Back" is a jangly gem, while "My Little Girl" and "Lose My Mind" are excellent acoustic rockers complete with soaring Rubber Soul-era harmonies. -AMG

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Anonymous said...

Just talking about Walter the other day with a friend of mine - we really need another record from him, it's been too long! There will never be a review that doesn't mention Nick Lowe, but so what? Clevenger is an accomplished songwriter and the band kicks ass live.

Besides, Nick is a crooner these days. Someone needs to carry the torch.


I love Nick Lowe and I really enjoy this Walter clevenger stuff. Thank you once more. As always, you do a great job.


juan dela cruz said...

Simply terrific! Thanks for sharing.

Skip said...

Thx for all you've done... any chance of re-upping this one?

genesis315 said...

hi curty ray just working my way through your archieve any chance of re upping this please, many thanks, anthony


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