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  • Full Moon Fever [MCA, 1989] B+
  • Wildflowers [Warner Bros., 1994] B-

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Full Moon Fever [MCA, 1989]
He wanted something off-the-cuff and got lucky: except for the punk putdown and the pseudo-Dylan throwaway, both nice on their own terms, nary a lyric nor tune clashes with the terrific early-Byrds cover. If guys made roots-rock albums anymore, anything here would spruce one up. B+

Wildflowers [Warner Bros., 1994]
If he were a flower, he'd be wilted, but since he's really more a dick, call him torpid. That Rick Rubin, what a laid-back guy. B-