StePHen Stanley That Thin, Wild Mercury (No Records) Rating: NNN
Stephen Stanley is the dude behind the song Bloodline (off the Lowest of the Low's seminal Shakespeare My Butt album), which I still find myself humming every time summer rolls around. The fellow has a way with a quirky hook, and that comes through on his first solo record, a collection of Toronto-centric sunny pop-rockers with a prickly underbelly. That Thin, Wild Mercury has a polish to it that old Lowest of the Low material lacked, probably because Stanley's been refining this disc for three years. And while I miss the collegiate sloppiness of, say, a Henry Needs A New Pair Of Shoes, the maturity of the songwriting here is very impressive.
Stephen Stanley launches That Thin, Wild Mercury Saturday (May 17) at the Rivoli.