Sunday, August 30, 2015
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: ALBERT HAMMOND JR. - MOMENTARY MASTERS
Finally, after a few tries, The Strokes Albert Hammond Jr. gives us the record we thought should be in there. Free from the restrictions of the band, one would assume he'd chase those secret pop dreams, but he's held back on past solo work. With Momentary Masters, there are lots of little gems where he revels in big melodies and power chords.
A little glam, a lot of power pop, and great guitar sounds fill the set. Touche lifts off with nasty notes, the kind of lead guitar Bowie filled his late 70's work with. All the songs are energetic, with lots of drive and no real concern to do anything except jam as many great chords in as possible. Bravo.
Perhaps the most fun is the notable cover, Dylan's Don't Think Twice (It's Alright). Most people are afraid to mess with the big guy too much, but here Hammond gives the song an eerie guitar in the background, and a rather chipper upgrade. It's cocky and fun, like the whole album.