On his self-released EP More Than I Can Do, the Twin Cities' Johnny Rey comes off as a typical 1980s power-pop rocker, his guitars chiming over the pumping beats as he sings yearning lyrics. "Gonna tear this town down," he declares in "the New Way," before examining "Streetlife" in a tune that recalls Garland Jeffreys with lyrics that sound like Bruce Springsteen. "I should stand on my two feet," he notes on the title track, "but it's more than I can do." He can't escape the essential derivativeness of his music.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann