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As a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Garland Jeffreys has been slow and concise with his work. His last solo album was 1997’s Wildlife Dictionary; the past fourteen years have allowed Jeffreys to stockpile his best material. As a result, The King of In Between is an action-packed collection of tunes that never hits a weak patch. Bob Dylan’s longtime right-hand man, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, creates settings that are half-way between the neo-classic rock ‘n’ roll of Graham Parker to ‘70s soul, lighthearted reggae and bluesy rock ‘n’ roll. “The Contortionist” and “Coney Island Winter” are inspired meditations on Jeffreys’ life. “All Around the World” swaggers with a great man’s style. “’Til John Lee Hooker Calls Me” riffs like a pure Hooker boogie. “Rock and Roll Music” plays it like 1950s, well, rock ‘n’ roll. “Love Is Not a Cliché” works up a swampy electric blues. “In God’s Waiting Room” throws in an acoustic blues. “Roller Coaster Town” adds a touch of ska, Brooklyn style. Garland Jeffreys can still do it all.

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Great, iTunes, how about Ghost Writer & Escape Artist?

I've been a Garland Jeffreys fan for awhile now, and while his last few albums were good (Don't Call Me Buckwheat, in particular), they weren't quite up to the standards of his classic albums like Ghost Writer and Escape Artist. This one is. This is easily the best album he's done since Escape Artist (maybe even since Ghost Writer). If you're a fan of Jeffreys, this has all of the eclecticism, passion, tunefulness and groove of his classic LPs.

You want "Wild In the Streets"/"35 Millimeter Dreams"-style Rolling Stones meets Lou Reed grooves? "Coney Island Winter" (the best Lou Reed-styled song not written by Lou Reed) has you covered, as does "The Contortionist" a song that sounds a lost track from Some Girls or Tattoo You.

You want reggae like "Ghost Writer" or "I May Not Be Your Kind?" Check out "All Around the World." He even tackles ska on "Roller Coaster Town" (and not third wave '90's ska, but more like something from the Specials, complete with hypnotic dub-styled effects).

He also covers both John Lee Hooker styled blues on a song called, appropriately enough, "Til John Lee Hooker Calls Me" and Son House styled blues on "In God's Waiting Room." He plays a '50's Rock 'n' Roll sounding song, also appropriately called "Rock and Roll Music." And he even turns in a swampy, Daniel Lanois-sounding tune called "Love Is Not a Cliche."

Finally, to cap it all off, he gives you another cover that challenges the original, a la "96 Tears," with an incredible version of David Essex's "Rock On." If you are a fan of his classic albums, this is right up there with them.

Now, speaking of those albums, with the resurgence of interest in Jeffreys' music, could iTunes finally release his back catalog? Or at least the albums Ghost Writer and Escape Artist? And maybe a compilation like Wild In the Streets: Best of 1977-1983 or I'm Alive? I'm sure there are plenty of fans out there who would love to have these albums digitally. Just something to consider.

Still as great as back in the day

I bought two of these CD's but both at his shows where I got signed copies. Garland is still a wonderful performer, the band was amazing and the songs on this new CD are great. I've been a fan for a long time and can't believe so many don't know about this great artist. I'm glad I used to live near Boston, where they played his music a lot back in the 70's and 80's. Friends actually paid for airline tickets to fly down for the show in my local town. Another friend saw him two weekends in a row, and drove 2 hrs for the second show. He is worth it. Great artist and great guy.

Garland sounds great!

I hadn't heard much from Garland Jeffreys in several years, but this was worth the wait. He sounds amazing on this great set of songs.


Born: July 3, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Garland Jeffreys has earned a loyal international audience for his intelligent and passionate songs, informed by a variety of musical styles from rock and R&B to reggae and dance music, and dealing with topics both personal and political, often at the same time. While not especially prolific -- he released a mere five studio albums between 1981 and 2011 -- Jeffreys' work reveals a rock & roller's soul and a poetic sensibility that have...
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