11 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For this 1978 solo release, R&B troubadour Dave Edmunds used his own band Rockpile to back him up. So the tunes are alight, as convincing as they are spine-tingling. Edmunds rips it up on the poppy “Trouble Boys” (later covered by Thin Lizzy!), the Everly Brothers–inspired “Never Been in Love,” and two Nick Lowe sing-alongs: “Heart of the City” and “Television.” And any self-respecting rock ’n’ roller knows that for the sonic ragers to truly work, you need a gentle side. The swooner here is “What Looks Best on You,” a tune whose haunting pedal steel matches the lyrical yearning.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For this 1978 solo release, R&B troubadour Dave Edmunds used his own band Rockpile to back him up. So the tunes are alight, as convincing as they are spine-tingling. Edmunds rips it up on the poppy “Trouble Boys” (later covered by Thin Lizzy!), the Everly Brothers–inspired “Never Been in Love,” and two Nick Lowe sing-alongs: “Heart of the City” and “Television.” And any self-respecting rock ’n’ roller knows that for the sonic ragers to truly work, you need a gentle side. The swooner here is “What Looks Best on You,” a tune whose haunting pedal steel matches the lyrical yearning.

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