August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Gentleman's Blues

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B+

On this sprawling 16-song extravaganza, Cracker belatedly redress the glib misanthropy and rockist stodginess that made the group’s three previous efforts a pale shadow of leader David Lowery’s former combo Camper Van Beethoven. Standout tunes like the autobiographically barbed ”Seven Days,” the achingly bittersweet ”Lullabye,” the unself-consciously intimate ”Hold of Myself,” and the bluesily fatalistic title track recall Camper’s wild-card eclecticism and absurdist humanity, making this Lowery’s most compelling work in ages. B+

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