Tommy Stinson - One Man Mutiny
Despite holding down prominent roles in two of rock's most volatile bands, The Replacements and Guns N' Roses, Tommy Stinson is surprisingly reliable with his own music. He delivers another consistent effort on his new solo album One Man Mutiny.
No surprises, no bag of tricks, no funny business, Stinson needs none of it. Instead he simply delivers ten doses of solid rock n' roll. In so, he seems to have mastered a dying art. Tracks like "It's a Drag" and "Meant To Be" are catchy, uptempo numbers that make the listener weep for the current state of commercial radio (both have a feel of the tragically overlooked first Izzy Stradlin record).
Some other styles and influences do creep in, but they are all complementary to the rock. Whether it's blues on "Don't Deserve You", a breezy island guitar on "Match Made in Hell", or country on the drinking lament "Zero To Stupid", they are all tried and true sounds that Stinson incorporates into the mix.
Thematically these songs won't shock you either. Stinson revives old themes of self-destruction and relationships gone awry. The most clever of these is "Match Made in Hell", a tale of a relationship both parties know is wrong, but can't help but continue anyway. Others, like the duet "Destroy Me" and the contemplative closer "One Man Mutiny", a brimming with passion.
One Man Mutiny doesn't add any new layers to the rock n' roll pantheon, but it is an honest effort that serves to remind us all of what true rock and roll sounds like.
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