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Max Eider

Disaffection

(Tundraducks; US: 12 Oct 2010; UK: 11 Oct 2010)

Never underestimate the power of good ol’ guitar pop. Right from his early days with UK indie-pub rockers the Jazz Butcher, Max Eider established himself as a master of clean, hollow-body, jazz-influenced guitar lines. On his fourth solo album, he’s hardly changed his style a bit, and that’s a pleasure.


Disaffection, apparently borne of Eider’s struggles with depression, is understandably mellow. Only the opener “Nice Guy” kicks up much dust, but that’s fine. With his smart, sometimes biting lyrics and agreeable voice, Eider can wallow in his middle age. At its best, as on the thoughtful “The Black Dog” and organ-padded “Dancing With Andromeda”, Disaffection is downright sublime. Score one for the old school.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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