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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Jesse Malin And A Friend

Here’s a sneak preview from Jesse Malin’s new album, Glitter In The Gutter. It’s a ballad, “Broken Radio,” a duet with Jesse and some guy named Bruce. The album, due to be released in late February is coming out on Adeline Records, which is Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day’s label. It’s a good fit – Malin makes the kind of somewhat retro rock (not a dis) of someone who discovered classic rock after they had gone through punk and hardcore first. One of the highlights of the album is a gorgeous piano cover of the Replacements “Bastards Of Young,” which gets right to the meloncholy of the song while highlighting how melodically beautiful the chorus is. I hadn't thought much of the record he made with Ryan Adams a few years back (The Fine Art Of Self Destruction), but this is a big improvement. It’s a very good record.

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6 comments:

greg said...

Maybe Bruce will do for Jesse Malin's career what he did for Marah's....

Did i just say that out loud??

Ben Lazar said...

Has Bruce done anything for Marah's career other than share a stage with them a few times?

greg said...

He played gtr on "Float away w/the Friday night Gods", but hey, who's counting??

greg said...

Not trying to engage in Schadenfreude at Jesse Mailn's expense, just think it's highly overrated. He gets more mileage out of who's playing with or producing him (Bruce, Ryan Adams, Tony Visconti w/D-Generation) than his actual material.
Like many E Village rockers, he's got the haircut, but lacks enough substance to backup the style.

Ben Lazar said...

I don't disagree necessarily - I saw Jesse Malin perform at a Bruce holiday show in 2003, and I found him completely boring. And yes, his voice takes a minute for me to warm up to, if I can get there at all. But after hearing D Generation and his other solo stuff, I'll stand by my statement that this is probably the best music that he's done. It's good.

Anonymous said...

An earlier post said Malin's got "the haircut." I beg to differ. Looks like a possum died on his head. Not at all like the cool Johnny Thunders shag he's so obviously going for. But on to more musical matters: Have you heard the Malin/Springsteen duet called Broken Radio? I came across a sneak preview of it on the internet. As usual, Malin sounds like Elmer friggin' Fudd. "You wasscally wabbit!" In my estimation, it's career suicide for Malin's already flimsy excuse for a career. But hey, that's just my opinion. Time will tell, beeotches!!!

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