Marc Weingarten
October 29, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Born Again Savage

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Little Steven
We gave it a B-

Steven Van Zandt’s turning into a rock Zelig. First you can catch him on HBO’s The Sopranos, then on stage next to Springsteen. Here he’s preaching against government malfeasance and other social ills on his latest album, an in-your-face stab at protest rock. But despite the grand arena riffs and subtle striations of R&B, Savage is so blunt, its worthy messages have the ring of a Pat Buchanan diatribe. B-

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