steve Hunter

When The Lights Go Out

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - David stubbs

Solo al­bum from Alice Cooper and Lou Reed side­man.

Steve Hunter suf­fers from pig­men­tary glau­coma, and he makes no bones about it on this al­bum, with a cover photo of a white stick in a door­way.

Many a great mu­si­cian has been sight­less, but here there is a poignant sense of some­one com­ing to terms with phys­i­cal de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. This al­bum con­cedes this, but de­fies it all the same.

Opener On The Edge Of Un­cer­tainty and Mojo Rock are vivid, lu­mi­nously pro­duced in­stru­men­tals, guided tours around his moun­tain­ous tal­ent, blues fare with reg­u­lar fret­board det­o­na­tions. Soft­tail Deuce roars and snarls with the plen­ti­ful life left in this old dog.

There are more re­flec­tive, at­mo­spheric tracks, though: Sum­mer’s Eve, tinged with the sad glow of sun­set, and Tienes Mi Corá­zon (You Have My

Heart) on which Hunter’s strum­ming on a ny­lon-strung gui­tar, which re­minds of the Du­rutti Col­umn, is set against a record­ing of his own heart­beat. Happy Trails, with vo­cals from wife Karen, is a fit­tingly rec­on­ciled con­clu­sion.

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