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  • Sentimental War [Earhorn, 1987] B

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Sentimental War [Earhorn, 1987]
Seventeen songs, hopefully airplay-ID'd "blues-rock," "country-soul," "ballad," "nightclub," "eclectic," performed (and composed, you bet) by two virtually indistinguishable blues-country-soul-rock-nightclub groaners whose dolor seems as much fated as principled. Pretty uninviting, yet the best of the writing--notably a detox diptych and an acrid call to arms and alms--kept me listening for the sprawling masterpiece I had somehow missed. It wasn't there. But I never got tired of the good stuff. B