Henry Goldblatt
May 02, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Gavin DeGraw

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Gavin DeGraw
genre
Pop

We gave it a B-

A few years back, Gavin DeGraw rode in on a wave of testosterone with John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and Teddy Geiger. Too bad. His gravelly voice is distinctive, and his debut, Chariot, is uniformly terrific. The same can’t be said for the self-titled schizo follow-up Gavin DeGraw. For every tune like ”In Love With a Girl,” which summons the addictive melodies and rich, discordant chords of Chariot, there’s a self-indulgent snoozer such as ”Medicate the Kids,” a screed about doping up kids on antidepressants. Tom Cruise might approve. The rest of us just want our hooky pop. B-
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