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Album Review: Jesse Malin & The St Marks Social - 'Love It To Life' (Sideonedummy)

Malin’s musical output has never been quite as impressive as his phonebook

Well-connected he may be (previous collaborators include Springsteen and Ryan Adams, while ‘Love...’ features the diverse likes of Brian Fallon and Mandy Moore buried in the mix), but Malin’s musical output has never been quite as impressive as his phonebook. ‘Love It To Life’, unfortunately, continues the trend: ‘Burning The Bowery’, ‘Revelations’ and ‘The Archer’ are perfectly serviceable MOR, but Malin lacks the keen eye for observations that makes his peers – on the clumsy ‘Lowlife In A High Rise’ he aims for Westerberg but lands at Jarman – such icons. By no means terrible but, sadly, more or less superfluous.

Rob Parker

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5 / 10

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