Roy Loney

Drunkard in the Think Tank

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Backed by a crack pick-up band that includes the Young Fresh Fellows/the Minus Five stalwarts Scott McCaughey, Jim Sangster and Tad Hutchinson as well as the Squirrels' Joey Kline, Roy Loney made one of his periodic comebacks with 2004's Drunkard in the Think Tank, his first album in a full decade and his best since 1979's classic Out After Dark. With production by Conrad Uno and McCaughey chipping in a couple of songs, Drunkard in the Think Tank basically sounds like Loney in front of a somewhat shambolic Fellows/Squirrels pick-up session, but unlike some of Loney's previous solo records, this album captures the combination of looseness and tension that was at the heart of the Flamin' Groovies classics like "Teenage Head," rather than just sounding like a boozed-up jam session. Great stuff, and Loney's best album in a full-quarter-century.

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