Gutterball

Weasel

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The second album by the short-lived supergroup Gutterball, 1995's WEASEL largely rectifies the shortcomings of the group's self-titled 1993 debut. Where that album sounded about half-finished, WEASEL sounds more constructed and thought out, but with an amiable looseness that serves the edgy songs well. Nominal group leader Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate) is still the group's focal point, but Bryan Harvey (House of Freaks) and Stephen McCarthy (Long Ryders) beef up their singing and songwriting roles considerably. The band, which also includes Harvey's House of Freaks partner Johnny Hott and Love Tractor's Armistead Wellford, is better-rehearsed now, and the squalling guitar solos and hard-luck lyrics often come off like an alternative-rock updating of classic Neil Young and Crazy Horse albums, especially on the opening "Transparency."

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