Greg Kot
February 25, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Never Say Never

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

As keyboardist with the Faces, Ian McLagan helped build one of the most durable sounds in rock & roll: scruffy, boozy, and celebratory, but tinged by the knowledge that nothing lasts. Never Say Never channels that spirit and shades it with intimations of mortality. It captures a band of pirates bashing it out, staving off closing time with another pint and another song. McLagan’s weathered voice is perfect for a mix of raucous shouters and 3 a.m. ballads. ”When the Crying Is Over” leaves not a dry eye in the house at last call. A?

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