Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Midnight Souvenirs

Peter Wolf. You may not recognize the name, but you have heard his voice. He's the former lead singer of the J. Geils Band, the group behind a number of 80's hits like "Centerfold" and "Love Stinks". Since leaving J. Geils Band in 1983, Wolf's career path has been along the road less traveled. It's a road that isn't lined with radio hits and platinum records, but it's a road that lead him to become a more accomplished musical artist and "Midnight Souvenirs", is a continuation of the maturation process which culminated with his 2002 release, "Sleepless". "Sleepless" was noted as one of the Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums and it sold only 40,000 copies.

With "Midnight Souvenirs", Wolf further mines the country, blues and soul vibe that went over so well on "Sleepless", but opens himself up more on this particular album by working with Shelby Lynne, Neko Case and Merle Haggard. As there aren't many radio friendly tracks here, "Midnight Souvenirs" as a whole is greater than its individual parts. All of these tracks work together to make a solid recording.

I realize that the album came out back in April, but I haven't had time to sit down and give it a solid listen until last night. If you're unfamiliar with the solo work of Peter Wolf, sample a few of the tracks online, and if you dig the Rolling Stones/Exile On Main Street vibe, make sure you pick the album up.

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