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MINK DE VILLE Coup De Grace
DBK DBK519 (34:03)(2005)

Willy DeVille and his band of various line-ups had their fair share of ups and downs. And this album, originally released in the early 80s, mixed rock/pop, singer/songwriter and a touch of new wave. Thereís even a nod towards ríníb and Dire Straits.

Playing guitar and taking on lead vocals, this is a fine pop rock album, reissued at last on CD. The booklet has some decent liner notes, although thereís very much homemade feel to it.

The saxophone adds a nice feel, and the keyboards and guitar definitely do give pub rock a pop edge.

Tracks like Maybe Tomorrow and Teardrops Must Fall are worth checking out, and thereís even the power ballad old style in places, but overall itís nothing amazing. An interesting mixture, a bit of nostalgia, enjoyable but no great shakes. And no bonuses either.

**

Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly


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