Mink DeVille: Cabretta

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ImageThis is the best new-wave New York City-based band I’ve heard since Blondie. Like that group, it has superbly incorporated numerous influences. But whereas Blondie is rooted in mainstream pop-rock, Mink DeVille often proves redolent of urban R&B and Hispanic music; other reference points include ’50s rock, Springsteen, early Velvet Underground and Van Morrison’s Them period. Longtime Phil Spector arranger Jack Nitzsche turns in a masterly, understated production and lead singer Willy DeVille milks his self-penned romantic vignettes for all they’re worth, which is plenty.

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