On Your Sleeve - Jesse Malin
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the singer is a release of cover songs produced by Diane Gentile.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Whether or not you can get with Malin's other records is immaterial; this one should be embraced by anyone who loves rock & roll.
  2. For the Malin faithful, these are the seeds from which the glitter in the gutter sprung. [Nov 2008, p.129]
  3. 60
    Odds and sods, then, but not without appeal. [Jan 2008, p.101]
  4. On Your Sleeve acts only as a fine stopgap until Malin’s next release proper. This late October disc still plays as more treat than trick for his loyal fanbase.
  5. There are some highlights--an electro update of the Stones' 'Sway' and a sweet harmony-laden take on Neil Young's 'Looking for a Love'--but other tunes feel too heavy for Malin's reedy voice.
  6. An album as close to a dictionary-standard definition of the word mediocre as there is likely to be in the whole of 2008.
  7. Rather than offering reinterpretation, Malin sounds like an annoying guest at a house party, who despite all efforts to hide the guitar has found it and insists on playing a disparate bunch of songs much to the annoyance of everyone else, none of whom quite have the heart to tell him to stop.

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