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Best known for his convincingly Dylanesque singles Running Out The Clock and Long Black Dress, as well as the presidential campaign rock curio Cainthology: Songs In The Key Of Cain, Tim Heidecker's something of an oddity in the current singer/songwriter scene. He and multi-instrumentalist and long-time collaborator Davin Wood reinvest 1970s House of Blues rock with raucous contemporary energy on their sophomore album.
Some Things Never Stay The Same sincerely channels the spirits of Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, the Traveling Wilburys (especially on the hand-clapping harmonies of What Else Is New?) and other lavishly produced heartland rockers - a remarkable achievement.
But unlike their debut, Starting From Nowhere, which played better as a sometimes-funny pastiche of dollar-bin records, STNSTS feels ironized only by necessity. Irony's the entry point, the aesthetic and intellectual rigging that supports the record, a way into enjoying it.
When you're on your sixth looped listen of up-all-night stomper Cocaine, though, how you're listening doesn't really seem to matter.
Top track: Cocaine