Ex-Minutemen bassist Mike Watt's third solo set (his first in seven years, delayed by his commitments with the re-formed Stooges) ranges into new and oft-unusual territory.

Ex-Minutemen bassist Mike Watt's third solo set (his first in seven years, delayed by his commitments with the re-formed Stooges) ranges into new and oft-unusual territory. It's his most personal work yet: a song cycle about the crisis brought on by an internal abscess that nearly took his life in 2000. The album also marks the recording debut of Watt's new band, which features B3 organist Pete Mazich and drummer Jerry Trebotic. Led by Watt's gruff vocalizing, which sometimes bears a disquieting resemblance to David Clayton-Thomas' throaty singing with Blood, Sweat & Tears, the group blasts through a collection of tunes that variously suggest Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman and free-jazz blowing. This heartfelt but frankly strange outing will be most satisfying for the punk progenitor's avid fans.—CM

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