January 26, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

The Houseman Cometh

Current Status
In Season
We gave it a C

And he should sticketh with his regular gig. As vocalist for the N’Awlins jammers Galactic, the Houseman adds a nice weathered rasp to the band’s hard funk. He’s no leader, though. From its rent-party throwaways (”You Came”) to boudoir blues (”I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”), this solo debut empties the rack of R&B templates. Two new songs from soul man Dan Penn are no real revelation. The high point is a cover of KC and the Sunshine Band’s ”I Get Lifted,” which features several members of Galactic. C

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