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"The Cover Doesn't Matter" (Upsetter Music)

Reviewed by Keith Guillotine

Richard Lloyd, former guitarist for the band Television, has great guitar skills which are constant throughout this CD, and he has a potential to make a mark as a solo artist (in his own way). But the "Lou Reed/NY blues" sound of this particular recording is something that should have been put to rest back in the 1960s or 70s.  Track 7 ("Downline") even mentions "Ruby Jane" and had a VERY strong resemblance to Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane."  Track 9 ("Submarine") was a flashback to the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine."

This album seems definitely geared toward an older crowd. Even with the sometimes entertaining guitar work, "The Cover Doesn't Matter" is dull stuff indeed. And it certainly isn't Rough Edge material by any means.  There's far too much of a laidback "oldies" sound for this to be of any interest to most of our readers.

Performing on "The Cover Doesn't Matter" are:  Richard Lloyd, guitars and vocals; Chris Butler, drums; and Peter Stuart, bass.

If you wish to find out more about this band check out the following websites:

Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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