John Waite

Rough & Tumble

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Take the title of John Waite’s tenth solo album to heart: it does indeed sound Rough & Tumble, rocking harder than he has through most of his solo career. Certainly, there are some slower and soulful moments -- arriving fairly quickly in the album, too -- but there’s grit to these ballads and they’re surrounded by some of Waite’s toughest rockers of recent vintage. As good as it is to hear this in the production, what makes Rough & Tumble one of Waite’s better efforts is how the songs -- largely co-written by Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty -- are a solid set of rockers and ballads, a sturdy set of tunes that benefit considerably from their lean, lively production.

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