By Ryan Dombal
Updated June 23, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Nineteeneighties

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The dependable balladeer, best known for his recurring role as Town Troubadour on Gilmore Girls, returns with nineteeneightees, a covers CD of dorm-room faves from the decade that birthed alt-rock. Though he takes on an eclectic mix — from the bopping guitar-pop of R.E.M.’s ”So. Central Rain” to the dire post-punk of Joy Division’s ”The Eternal” — Phillips dilutes it all with his smoothed-over delivery and slowed-down acoustic arrangements. Without exception, the well-chosen tunes become edgeless, pleasant downgrades of their remarkable originals.

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