Steve Turner and His Bad Ideas

Steve Turner and His Bad Ideas
(Roslyn Recordings)

When it comes time to reinvent themselves, most guitar heroes just start putting out the same old trash in a flashy new can. Steve Turner, lead guitarist of Mudhoney, took a decidedly new tack by stepping forward as a singer-songwriter with a '60s-tinged folk-pop sound. There are still times when he feels the need to pound on the old electric until it screams, but most of his second solo outing is low-key and melodic. "Zero on the Scale" has a cryptic lyric, a great guitar hook, and plenty of energy; "Someday Baby," a duet with Miss Holly Golightly, echoes the odd acid-country vibe of Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra; "Dimebag Blues" is a folk-blues tune that uses humor to cloak its message of pain and confusion; and Turner's take on the Hoyt Axton/Kingston Trio chestnut "Greenback Dollar" is a spooky lament with his mournful vocals and Johnny Sangster's funereal organ fills.

 
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