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  • Summary: Frontman of New York-based glam-rockers D Generation throughtout the 1990s, singer-songwriter Jesse Malin enlisted pal Ryan Adams to produce and play on this solo debut, which quickly garnered plaudits from the UK music press upon its fall 2002 release.
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  1. 100
    The Fine Art of Self Destruction is one of those amazing records that appear seemingly out of nowhere... that within a couple of plays sound already like something you've been listening to for years. [Album of the Month, Dec 2002, p.128]
  2. The voice asserts itself as the record sinks in, however, and not only does each song stand out, but the production variegates a sonic grandeur grounded in the rock verities.
  3. Rich in heart-rending beauty, tough-but-lovable gutter poetry, and plenty of genuine emotion.
  4. These folk and country-tinged tunes are melodic, deft and emotive. [Dec 2002, p.108]
  5. An impressive look at Malin's musical maturation.
  6. 70
    Malin convincingly wraps his tortured warble around the dust-caked tunes. [#14, p.139]
  7. As you're listening, the songs begin to sound more and more like play-acting, as if Malin's trying to sound like his heroes more than he's trying to create anything that's all his own.

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  1. ReggieE
    Mar 12, 2003
    9
    I know, I know the voice ain't too pretty but neither is life. The songs grow on you though and Ryan Adams' production is top-notched. This will be THE sleeper album of the year. Expand
  2. OrlaM
    Mar 25, 2003
    9
    Absolutley fantastic! I first heard about Jesse at a Ryan Adams Gig in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin last November and was more that impressed with his lyrics & singing. We are big fans now, more recently saw Jesse in the "Village", Dublin in March! He was amazing playing acoustic last November, but even more so with his band! Congratulations on a great CD, roll on the next concert! Thanks for the music, Orla. xx ( I reserved the 10/10 vote for Ryan Adams, but Jesse is a close 9!) Expand

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