On one hand, Wilder took his most accessible, radio-friendly stab to date with "No Great Shakes," a rousing slide guitar anthem that would feel right at home as a John Hiatt show-stopper. Longtime producer and songwriting/instrumentalist collaborator R.S. Field tops himself with the stirring, acoustic ballad "Fall in Place." On the other hand, there's no dearth of that trademark snake oil, including the rebellious "Loud Music," manic "Flat Out Get It" and liberal excerpts from the inspirational Webb Wilder's Motivational Tips for Teens Manifesto and Rock'n'Roll Pamphlet. With Acres of Suede, The wily Wilder weaves a tangled web for aficionados of vintage rock & roll in its myriad of country, blues, and pop personalities and forms.
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AllMusic Review by Roch Parisien