Living Colour, "The Chair in the Doorway"

Album Review
3

Of all the bands pursuing comebacks this summer, Living Colour is certainly among the most welcome. But the band's first release since 2003, "The Chair in the Doorway," is too scattered -- and occasionally silly -- to make a serious re-impression. The parts are all here: guitarist Vernon Reid is a monster (behold him on "Bless Those," the album's funkiest moment) and singer Corey Glover retains a solid volume of howl. But the group is stuck deploying its skills in pursuit of quite a few rock-funk clunkers with lyrics from the blank-alienation handbook -- stuff like, "I thought I had control/I felt I lost my soul/I can't get outta this hole" (from "Out of Mind"), and so on. Happily, "The Chair in the Doorway" is back-loaded and hits a stride in its more measured second half, including the snaky first single "Behind the Sun," the stomping "Hard Times" and the melodic "Taught Me." Unfortunately, a good bit of it comes off as colorless. -Jeff Vrabel

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