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Green Cat Island

Echoes of ’70s rock gods — Aerosmith, the Who, and numerous others — run through this inventive Minneapolis quintet’s third album, crisply coproduced by R.E.M. guitarist Pete Buck. The chunky guitar riffs of ”Johnny John,” ”Could Ya Would Ya,” and ”Starlight,” the acoustic country twang of ”Kiss the Night,” the grouchy funk of ”Hate in the Morning,” and even the rudimentary film noir swing of ”Last Swallow” are somehow unified in the album’s hard-edged contemporary intensity and depth. Run Westy Run’s Green Cat Island is solid, substantial, and satisfying. B-

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