Chuck Prophet
Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
Prophet’s 12th studio record builds on his image as the consummate storytelling musician. He covers a lot of ground on the 13 tracks including the state of the music industry (“Bad Year for Rock and Roll”), romance (“Open Your Heart”), murder (“The Killing Machine” and “Alex Nieto”), and religion (“Jesus Was A Social Drinker). He even fantasizes about being a television star on “If I Was Connie Britton.”

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The Grinding Wheel
3 1/2 STARS
Thrash bands like Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax continue to make records but none seem to match the intensity and favorable diversity that New Jersey’s Overkill continues to create. Vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth’s voice is still flawless after 35-plus years. (And that’s after beating nose cancer in 1998.) Metal fans won’t want to miss this one. Overkill begins their U.S. tour next week.

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Simon Kirke
All Because of You
2 1/2 STARS
Bad Company/Free drummer Simon Kirke has been around the block a few times. With a resume like that you might expect some hard rockin’ tunes to appear on his third studio album. But Kirke’s soothing voice isn’t suited for such a collection. Instead, we’re bombarded by an album of mostly soft rock that, at times, borders the country genre. (“Friends in the Woods”) “Trouble Road” is the only attempt to branch out with a heavier sound and unfortunately Kirke’s voice isn’t up to the challenge. His version of “Feel Like Makin’ Love” is unnecessary and may only be here to remind you who he is.

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