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Toned-Up, Wiser, And Starting To Displace His Mentors,
This review is from: The Heat (Audio CD)
Jesse Malin tones-up and touches down with more bravado and swagger, emotional baggage, and tales of the scorched city with second album 'Heat'.
Picking up where 'Fine Art...' left off, 'Heat' will define Malin as an ever more meticulous, and determined pioneer of punk-fused alt-country.
Where his debut album placed Malin as a worthy understudy to Ryan Adams in the booze-ballad department, Heat marks a more mature approach to production, without losing any of the rich instant 'On The Road' appeal of its predecessor.
Malin's core themes remain the same. Clean-sweeping poetic draws on Manhatten and Columbia city scapes, living like a trobadour, never staying in one place long enough to let staleness kick-in.
The best moments on this album happen when Malin is at his most introspective. 'Hotel Columbia' is like a diary entry written on the back of a tour bus made into a perfect into a perfect piece of pop-punk. The sweet distortion rips through the aggrssive and inviting storylines.
Scars of love, Silver Manhatten, and Since you're in love, all harness this breezy hustle and bustle of Malin's best rock and roll.
Some songs don't ring as true as others, but with this album, and with the extensive touring that accompanies it, Malin is sure to step out the shadow, if not fill the boots of the sidelined Ryan Adams.