The Good the Bad and the Chubby

Popa Chubby (aka Ted Horowitz) earned his nickname because he is something of a round man, but his blues sound is a good deal more angular and in-the-pocket than his silhouette.

Popa Chubby (aka Ted Horowitz) earned his nickname because he is something of a round man, but his blues sound is a good deal more angular and in-the-pocket than his silhouette. Chubby likes the hard-rockin' blues, and he indulges that yen to maximum effect on "If the Diesel Don't Get You Then the Jet Fuel Will" (righteous lead guitar here), "Already Stoned," and "Dirty Lie." The severely offbeat love song "I'll Be There for You" provides a different, jazzy highlight, and the slow shuffle "Stress Will Kill You Every Time" is a great lyric that could easily become a classic. The artist is at his best when he drops down into the fractured urban soul vibe of "Play It From the Heart," invoking his Bronx, N.Y., homeboy status. This is a solid follow-up to last year's How'd a White Boy Get the Blues?—PVV