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Album review: 'Get Wild Somewhere'

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Jon Lewis Band

"Get Wild Somewhere"

Self-released

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With a throwback talkbox-soaked cascade and crush, the Jon Lewis Band hits the sky running with its brand new CD, "Get Wild Somewhere." It's a cool, cool album that beautifully shows off Lewis's teeter-totter dynamics as a songwriter and as a performer. Just dig the Lloyd Cole-esque track "Always," with its obtuse orchestration that leads up to a keen bridge. The band gets wild, to be sure, but it successfully keeps the rubber side down.

As an added bonus, there's an abundance of chunky organ to hold things together and keep the bottom from falling out when the rest of the Jon Lewis Band makes a beeline for the clouds. Lewis covers all the bases guitar-wise, with his laconic phrasing and voice set on perpetual lullaby, which simply adds to the rock 'n' roll push-and-pull. The hints of psychedelia woven jaggedly throughout, adds tension, a dash of danger and a touch of sex appeal.

In this era of singles, EPs, and digital downloads, there is thankfully plenty to love on all 10 tracks. Go ahead now. Get wild and pick up a copy. Or you could dig it live when the Jon Lewis Band plays the album front to back on Friday, May 18, at Three Heads Brewing, 186 Atlantic Avenue. 7 p.m. $5. threeheadsbrewing.com.

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