Steven Mirkin
February 16, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

John Wesley Harding's New Deal

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
John Wesley Harding
Producers
Forward
genre
Folk, Rock

We gave it a B

There’s a lot to admire about John Wesley Harding — he has an unerring melodic sense and an ability to write bright, witty songs. On John Wesley Harding’s New Deal, the overly tasteful folk-rock production restrains his talents. But songs like ”The Triumph of Trash” and ”Paradise” (which is like the Kinks’ ”Waterloo Sunset,” 30 years on) are strong enough to break through the album’s enervating monotony.

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