Tommy Stinson, 'One Man Mutiny'

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Displaying a maturity not associated with his time in the Replacements as the chief voice on guitar or as bassist in the last edition of Guns N' Roses, Tommy Stinson spreads his wings on "One Man Mutiny," his first solo album in seven years. Stinson has added vulnerability and country vocabulary to his customary smack-'em-over-the-head rock'n'roll, hitting downright pensive moments on tracks like "Come to Hide" and "Seize the Moment." Stinson's first post-Replacements band, Bash & Pop, was overly indebted to the Faces, and he continues to mine the Rod Stewart/Ron Wood band's formula of pop hooks, ragged guitar lines and the ability to pierce the heart with a vocal line or a guitar solo. Expanding his reach, he taps Hawaiian country on "Zero to Stupid," a clever ditty on drinking worthy of Elvis Costello, and adds his first-ever duet, singing with fiancée Emily Roberts on the gorgeous "Destroy Me." Beyond a steady stream of electric licks that work like punctuation in the songs, Stinson and producer Phillip Broussard Jr. keep things basic, yet nuanced and layered on all 10 tracks.

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