The Andy Browne Trio Chemical Road Promo (Shut Eye Records) Rating: NNN
Former Nightporters frontman Andy Browne is onto something new. Nothing's clearer in this three-song sampler than the distance he's travelled from where he used to be. Chemical Road - what we get to hear of it on this slight disc - occupies a place that the likes of Peter Gabriel, Midnight Oil and Chumbawumba have dragged their nails against. For the most part, it's inoffensive MOR. A catchy melody, nice turn of phrase or nice musical gesture can't quite hide what is essentially an album without strong momentum in any direction but through the middle. The Andy Browne Trio play the Black Bull Tavern Saturday (March 6) at 9:30 pm.
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