michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — PETER WOLF

In Uncategorized on 04/05/2010 at 8:00 am

Peter Wolf

Midnight Souvenirs

(Verve/UMe)

Wolf’s first album in eight years zigzags across the American music you’d find on a cross-country road trip during the ’60s: a little bit of soul, some country, a shot of blues. Like Wolf’s greatest work with the J. Geils Band, Midnight Souvenirs filters them through the singer’s solid rock upbringing. The best songs here tangle genres, like the horn-flecked twang of “Tragedy” (a duet with Shelby Lynne), the rootsy “I Don’t Wanna Know,” and “The Night Comes Down”’s street-corner soul. Wolf glides through Midnight Souvenirs (which includes appearances by Neko Case and Merle Haggard) with an effortless sway that carries his best solo album since his 1984 debut, Lights Out.

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