First Appeared at The Music Box, March 2004, Volume 11, #3
Written by John Metzger
In concluding her sophomore effort Roll, Anne McCue boldly tackles Jimi Hendrixís Machine Gun, unleashing a snarling assault of guitar with a ferocity unmatched by the albumís preceding 12 tracks. Itís not that she finds anything new to do with this classic blues tune; itís just that the songís 9-minute display of fireworks comes as somewhat of a surprise given the rest of the outing isnít nearly as exciting or enticing. For the most part, McCue takes Sheryl Crowís jangly pop, mixes it with Lucinda Williamsí tuneful alt-country, and filters it through the early í80s rock of Pat Benatar and Quarterflash. Itís nothing more, and nothing less ó a middle of the road endeavor that is passively pleasing but ultimately unremarkable and forgettable.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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