Music junkies may remember Thaddeus Hogarth as the singing, guitar- and harmonica-playing member of Boston funk-rock band Heavy Metal Horns, with whom he tasted early success in the '90s.

Music junkies may remember Thaddeus Hogarth as the singing, guitar- and harmonica-playing member of Boston funk-rock band Heavy Metal Horns, with whom he tasted early success in the '90s. Opting to pursue his R&B calling, Hogarth left the group and recorded a well-received solo album, 1999's When the Sun Goes Down. He plants himself squarely in soul terra firma with this second effort for which he did all the writing, arranging, and producing. Unearthing memories of such '70s stalwarts as War and Stevie Wonder, Hogarth turns in a back-to-the-roots set whose ambitious embrace of reggae, rock, jazz, and blues sometimes leaves the listener wondering exactly where he's headed. But when everything clicks, as on the album's best track, the jazzed-up "Back Street," the sweet harmonica-introed title track, and the playful "She Loves Me," it's not hard to believe in Hogarth. Contact: 617-426-2737.—GM

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