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CD of The Week

Week of 6/18/18

    Johnny Marr - Call The Comet (New Voodoo)

    Johnny Marr returns to the scene with his third official solo studio album (if we don't count the 2000 Johnny Marr & The Healers Boomslang release) and it's a good one. Right off the top, you can tell Johnny has built on the musical style and solid foundation of his previous two solo releases, 2014's Playland and 2012's The Messenger. The songs are just a little tighter, the hooks a little cleaner, and the overall album production a little slicker.

    What remains, however, is the core of what makes a Johnny Marr record great: sincerity, catchy pop-rock melodies and, of course, his signature guitar style.

    The record opens with the mid-tempo pop-rock tune "Rise" which showcases Marr's penchant for singable melodies and layered composition that somehow seems minimalist. This is immediately followed by a tune sure to fill the room on his upcoming tour, the anthemic rock number "The Tracers." Busy drums and Rolling Stones-esque "woo-hoo" backing vocals move the track forward with Marr's guitar and vocal acceleration.

    Marr offers up 12 solid tracks on this release, with highlights including the jangly radio-friendly Smiths-style pop tune "Hi Hello," an acoustic pop-rock offering titled "Day In Day Out," a more lo-fi industrial sound on "Actor Attractor," and "Spiral Cities," a track that sounds as if it could have been a tune cut from one of the Electronic albums of the early 90's.

    Call The Comet is overall what we've come to expect from Johnny Marr's solo music career to date: a steady progression in songwriting and musicality, while at the end of the day remaining wholly Johnny Marr.

    Marr embarks on his Call The Comet world tour officially in September, making the final stop on the American leg of his tour here in Philly at The TLA on October 22nd.

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    Review by John Burke

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