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Nils Lofgren/Grin: 1 + 1 [Spindizzy, 1971]
This is what Paul McCartney might be like if he were a wunderkind: romantic balladeer on the "dreamy side," raucous yowler on the "rockin' side," with both halves miraculously innocent instead of alternately cloying and hyper. Lofgren has a lot to learn about life and love and such, but the guitar macho of "Slippery Fingers" is so dirty and so cute, the soap opera of "Lost a Number" so fantastic, that watching him learn is sure to be a pleasure. A