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Trouble Is...

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This young guitar prodigy’s second effort has little to offer other than his technically impressive but emotionally unengaging ax work. Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s readings of Dylan and Hendrix are energetic enough, but his originals on Trouble Is… are standard-issue blooze rock, as are new frontman Noah Hunt’s one-dimensional vocals. And Jerry Harrison’s production sands off the rough edges that made Shepherd’s 1995 debut bearable. C-

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