Sweet Apple - Love & Desperation (3 stars)

This doesn’t quite qualify for supergroup status, with Dinosaur Jr’s J. Mascis drumming away behind some guys from Cobra Verde and Witch (nah, me neither), but it’s refreshingly unreconstructed rock ‘n’ roll with enough originality to keep it interesting. Scuzzy indie and 70s stadium rock are the main sonic touchstones, and when it works, like on blistering big-chorused opener ‘Do You Remember’ or the ragged riffing of ‘Crawling Over Bodies’, it’s pretty thrilling. Elsewhere it doesn’t reach those heights, and there ain’t much variety, but if you like a bit of vintage Aerosmith alongside your Pavement, you could do a lot worse.

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