Album Review

Steve Gibbons Band: Down in the Bunker

41CUOXBhj+L-1Though Steve Gibbons’s first three albums delivered little but promises, this latest entry is another story entirely. His eccentric, witty lyrics touch a lot of bases effectively, and his vocals, which seem a bit reminiscent of middle-period and contemporary Dylan, evidence conviction and adaptability. As for the band, they don’t exactly add up to competition for the Stones or E Streeters, but they do make convincing, versatile rock and roll.

Best cuts: “No Spitting on the Bus,” a raveup that profits from the work of erstwhile Move bassist Trevor Burton; “Down in the City,” whose story line will remind you of the Kings’ “Lola”; and the sardonic “Eddie Vortex,”where Gibbons manages an uncannily good imitation of the late Eddie Cochran.

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