Music Review: Garland Jeffreys’s ‘Ghost Writer’

Ghost Writer by Garland Jeffreys

Ghost Writer, Garland Jeffreys‘s first album since 1972, turns out to have been worth the wait. Comfortable with reggae, hard rock, and a variety of other styles, he writes intelligent,  evocative laments about city life and old film stars. Best cuts: “Wild in the Streets,” a passed-over 1973 single that combines the temperament of the Stones’ “Hot Stuff” with the urban landscape of Springsteen’s “Jungleland”; and “Spanish Town,” an atmospheric, nearly eight-minute tale that is beautifully sung, lyrically rich, and musically inventive.

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