September 20, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B+

F.M. Cornog, the troubled soul of New York’s East River Pipe, infuses Mel with the sad wisdom that perhaps only a once-suicidal, recovering alcoholic might ever know: Lurking beneath the surface of his heartbreaking melodies is the edgy loneliness of a run-down bus station. But Cornog is a survivor, and songs like ”Spotlight” and ”Take Back the Days” offer proof of the restorative — even redemptive — powers of creation. B+

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