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

[b]Rob Parker[/b]

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