Hyphenated-Man - Mike Watt
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  • Summary: This is the fourth solo album for the singer who cofounded The Minutemen and is currently a bassist for the Stooges.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 13, 2011
    79
    Much of Hyphenated-Man has that kind of blunt, unblinking tone. It sounds like Watt is using Bosch's figures to confront some hard truths, but he does so in a spry, often joyous way.
  2. Apr 13, 2011
    70
    It's a complex, challenging album that does not meet its listeners halfway; if you're up for spending some time in Watt's world, though, there's really nothing else like it.
  3. Apr 13, 2011
    70
    His new trio reinvigorates the old one's rapid minimalism with the glass-bone guitar and rhythmic vertigo of Captain Beefheart's classic Magic Band.
  4. Apr 13, 2011
    70
    Watt's music is no less ambitious or brave than it was in his youth, and for all the inner rumblings of Hyphenated-Man, the final product reflects an agile and active mind that's not about to stop confronting anyone with the courage to listen.
  5. Apr 13, 2011
    60
    His beat-poet spiel is more character-actorly than ever, but hyphenated-man is also more accessible than you'd think, thanks to Watt's skittery bass lines.
  6. Apr 13, 2011
    40
    Overall, however, the reaction is a resounding "Huh?" [May 2011, p.103]