David Greenwald
August 24, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

With his husky voice and rootsy style, Michael McDermott has spent his career working to emulate one Boss: Bruce Springsteen. On his eighth CD (his first since an ’04 coke bust landed him briefly in jail), McDermott shoots for Nebraska-esque sobriety but delivers something closer to the poppier sound of old tourmates the Wallflowers. Like that band, he knows his way around a ballad: ”All My Love” brims with sincerity, despite lines such as ”All we are is all we are right now.” A poet he is not, but McDermott has blue-collar heart to spare on Noise From Words. B
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