Who'd have guessed that the Strokes were hiding a second talented writer in their ranks? Albert Hammond Jr., known to most as the rhythm guitarist in that gang of jaded princes, spent years quietly assembling enough material to put out a solo album; his patience pays off on his mellow debut Yours to Keep, with its sweetly yearning melodies and modest arrangements that often recall Guided by Voices. It's a thoroughly likable effort� and it ought to earn Hammond a few slots of his own on the Strokes' next track list. B+
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