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the pathetic caverns - music by artist - Jack Hayter

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Jack Hayter

Practical Wireless

(Absolutely Kosher, 2002)

I thought the first spin through Practical Wireless was pleasant, but it didn't reward close listening.

It reminds me a lot of the solo records from Love and Rocket's David J and the Church's Marty Wilson-Piper: mostly built around acoustic guitar, sung in an agreeably husky voice, with songs that have a certain servicability, but still demonstrate why they're second-string writers in their respective bands.

Hayter's wordplay isn't quite as clever as J's can be, but then, he's less trippily unfocused than Wilson-Piper. It's not really a bad record, per se, it's just not very surprising.

I'd apparently be violating some music reviewer credo if I failed to mention that Hayter's main gig is in brit sneer-poppers Hefner, but forget it, because it's completely irrelevant. I'm also instructed to report that the soporific cover of the Only Ones' "Another Girl, Another Planet" is a selling point. Nah.

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