Albert Hammond Jr.

Album Title: Momentary Masters
Record Label: Vagrant Records
Review by John Noyd
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Albert Hammond Jr. - Momentary MastersAlbert Hammond Jr. - Momentary Masters

Gritty, fidgety, spooked-out New Wave drizzled in Afropop toppings, shell-shocked indie-rock and fearless lyrics, “Masters,” crashes fashionable passions with tailored dares and debonair savoir faire. Furnished in burnished nervousness, Hammond’s third solo full-length cements suave cosmopolitan carnage, piecing breezy malfeasance to desperate concessions for a lean, focused work whose kinky syncopation lends propulsive muscle to defiant timing. As sharp, startled guitars dart between smarmy harmonies barking nimble incriminations for thrilling rush-hour mania; the compact album stays grounded in agile hooks, sizzling solos and hammered beats. Repurposing curt smirks from catwalk stalkers inside jittery clubhouse juries, the Strokes guitarist marshals edgy pledges from glib fibs, wrenching petulant redemption from ghoulish grooves. Hammond lands in Madison’s High Noon Saloon November 4th with the energetic rock-ensemble Walking Shapes

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