Michael Hall

Lucky Too

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Lucky Too is Michael Hall's second album with the Woodpeckers, coming on the heels of 2000's Dead by Dinner, and this time around the former Wild Seed shares the songwriting load with his band. The effort swings cleanly from small-hours, indie-boy sadness to roughed-up roots rock to gruff garage rock to guitar jangle. The latter is evidenced on the glorious "Wild and True," which seems pitched directly between Crazy Horse and the Byrds. With its unwieldy, arch title, Hall and bassist Brian Zoric's "Sometimes I Wish I'd Never Heard the Rolling Stones" smacks of novelty anthem, but it's actually a sweet slice of roots rock with a hook that'll give you chicken skin. (And it only sounds a bit like the group to whom it's paying tribute.) "A Heart Needs a Home" is suitably forlorn and enveloped in moody piano, while "My Girl Bill" kicks out the jams early-'70s Detroit style. This is a strong, varied effort from Hall and the Woodpeckers.

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