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  • Summary: John Hammond follows his successful album of Tom Waits covers, Wicked Grin, with his first-ever original material. Well, ok, so he only wrote one song on this new album, but it is his first. Complimenting that track are selections written by the likes of Tom Waits, George Jones,John Hammond follows his successful album of Tom Waits covers, Wicked Grin, with his first-ever original material. Well, ok, so he only wrote one song on this new album, but it is his first. Complimenting that track are selections written by the likes of Tom Waits, George Jones, Jagger/Richards and David Hidalgo (who also appears on the album). Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Hammond's own raucous come-on, "Slick Crown Vic," fits in perfectly. [21 Feb 2003, p.150]
  2. Q Magazine
    80
    Juke joint heaven. [May 2003, p.106]
  3. Like bourbon, his voice only gets more seductively potent with age.
  4. Even the contemporary numbers sound like classics.
  5. Mojo
    80
    Unfolds like a hand-stitched musical patchwork quilt, gently educating its listeners in the great American songster tradition. [Apr 2003, p.114]
  6. From the sound of Hammond’s latest it seems the swampy spunk of Wicked Grin has kept him fired up.
  7. Even when he picks up the pace, he sounds a little weary.

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