Pavement covering Neil Young
this is the turning point
from bedlam to limbo
hard to overstate the case for Eric
siddles next to soul and makes a turn
a gorgeous slice of guitar AOR
Nick Lowe And Wreckless Eric: Two Elvis Costello Contemporaries Who Had A Better Second Act Than He Did
what comes round goes round
At odds with the feigned Americanism
Have A Great Day – Wreckless Eric – Eric takes on clichés on this pretty ballad to end the album, and is that Amy Rigby on background solos? A low key but pretty conclusion – B+
Reconnez Cherie – Wreckless Eric – One hit wonder per Elvis Costello, and this wasn’t it, so I guess he was a two hit wonder. Effortlessly romantic working class hopes and dreams, in bedsitland. Plus that horns – A
seems to be our day for all things Wreckless Eric, who has survived a horrible putdown by Elvis Costello, and thrived in a market place where all there is is albums. His latest, AmERICa is our album of the week and in keeping with the moo, here I am reviewing his gig at the Bowery Electric, with his wife, the absolutely awesome Amy Rigby
His third album in two years is his best in two years, and the other two were pretty good. The Wreckless Eric bedsit land self-aware vibe is less updated since the Live Stiffs days and more perfected. No money in it, of course, but hey, there is honor in writing the best songs left standing from of the class of 1977. Who would have thought it? – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A-
Did anybody else notice Elvis Costello’s brutal put down of Wreckless Eric as a nobody with one good song? I dunno, but I will put Eric’s last three albums, including today’s release, back to back with Costello’s and Eric will beat him senseless
This is the price of music overload: I know in theory both Hurray For The Riff Raff and Wreckless Eric are among the best albums of the year, I just can’t find the time to give them the attention they deserve, so they are relegated and filed away.
Moanin’ At Midnight – Tomas Doncker Band – Rewrites the story of Howlin’ Wolf for the 21st century by a man who defies pigeonholes, especially blues pigeonholes, but finds himself a blues star despite himself.
Recognize – Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Man, I miss this guy. I also miss the years Chris Rock was cool and on this gotta recognize recognition it is worth mentioning a certain Pharrell Williams co-produced the track… yup, he was a P.I.M.P. alright – Grade: A
Eric Clapton And Friends – The Breeze (An Appreciation Of JJ Cale) After the dire Old Socks, this coulda have been a disaster, but it isn’t, what it does is place Cale out of the “Cocaine” one hit wonder category and into the basic blues canon with some of Clapton’s greatest acoustic warm glow performances since Ocean boulevard rising to the occasion – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A
I can’t predict this one though Elvis Costello, one man show, Carnegie Hall, you have to assume he is gonna bring out the heavy arsenal, though when I saw him a coupla years ago doing a coupla songs solo I thought he wasn’t happening. And that entire the Roots deal was a major bummer. So I dunno, Helen bach liked him so… I guess we will see Wednesday!