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Bedazzler

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Bedazzler lives up to its title as one of the more exciting out-of-nowhere major-label in some time. Opener "Hairdown" sets the pace, a chewy, economical number that pits the Cars in an OK Corral shootout with outlaw roots-rock and alternative chart sounds. Vocalist Jason Taylor strings his vocals out desperately over "Joanne" before the song resolves in a shouted "hey!" chorus plus "woo-woo" backing vocals -- insurgent country dealing to an addicted Counting Crows by way of the Rolling Stones. There's a naked wiredness to Taylor's delivery that sometimes recalls the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano, but with a more accessible tunefulness.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:16
2
3:15
3
3:01
4
6:44
5
7:08
6
3:35
7
2:32
8
3:47
9
4:26
10
4:39
11
17:40
12
3:39
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