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Well-crafted pop rock.

When Grunge in the 90s signalled the death knell for 80s rock bands, along with the inrush of Grunge, several other bands managed to stay afloat and flourish. They hadn't fitted into the 80s mainstream but now they made sense, even though their sunny outlook was the polar opposite of the wrist slitting nature of Grunge. Of these bands, such as The Spin Doctors and Hootie And The Blowfish, it was Blues Traveler who have proved, despite a few personal tragedies, to have had the greatest longevity. The band have long since strayed from their jamming roots on their earlier albums but you can always tell it's still Blues Traveler due to John Topper's distinctive voice and harmonica playing.

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Today they are a shining example of radio friendly pop-rock to be filed next to bands like Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer. There are still hints of their rockier past in the grooves of 'Devil In The Details', 'Things Are looking Up' and 'Big City Girls' but the rest is poppier. 'You Don't Have To Love Me' is perfect American radio fodder with its simple, infuriatingly catchy hook. Interestingly, Ron Sexsmith, the cult Canadian singer songwriter, contributes with several co-writes including the tune 'Love Is Everything'. It's a great track that exudes Sexsmith's style, although Topper's more upbeat delivery means the song doesn't carry the same melancholy that usually permeates Sexsmith's songs. A duet with American Idol contestant Crystal Bowersox on 'Don't Wanna Go' works well enough that this song will probably be earmarked as a future single.

Some might bemoan the fact that it's less rocky than some past albums but there's no denying it is well-crafted pop rock.

Duncan Jamieson

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