Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3
The Music Box's #25 album of 2006
First Appeared in The Music Box, January 2006, Volume 13, #1
Written by John Metzger
Although the re-emergence of garage rock has done little to carry the genre in a new direction, it has gone a long way towards rekindling the fire that once burned inside artists as diverse as The Rolling Stones and Steve Wynn. Indeed, Wynn recorded his latest effort ...tick...tick...tick over the course of a mere 10 days, and at times, he and his backing trio of drummer Linda Pitmon, bass player Dave DeCastro, and guitarist Jason Victor tear into the material with a vengeance. The opening cut Wired, with its distorted vocals and frazzled guitars, is a relentlessly fierce aural assault; Turning of the Tide invokes the snarling crunch of Neil Young and Crazy Horse; No Tomorrow draws The Velvet Underground through the work of both Television and The Feelies; and Killing Me twists a Bo Diddley-ish stomp into a rampaging, Dylan-esque fury. Elsewhere, Wynn dabbles in atmospheric melodiousness by fusing together The Byrds, Al Stewart, and The Church in order to form the shimmering, dream-filled Freak Star, and even the suffocating sonic swirl of The Deep End bristles against the frayed nerve endings of its unsettled emotional turmoil. Wynn has dubbed ...tick...tick...tick as the final installment in his "desert trilogy," a reference to his recent infatuation with Tucson, Arizona’s Wavelab studios where he recorded the effort along with its predecessors Static Transmission and Here Come the Miracles, and in essence, it is the culmination of his own career resurgence. Fans of Dream Syndicate undoubtedly will be pleased.
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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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