Everyday Armageddons

PERFORMER: DAVID BAERWALD

ALBUM: TRIAGE

LABEL: A&M

THE BOTTOM LINE: Rock noir: Baerwald's songs are pitch black as they spin toward pop apocalypse.

Punk Jim Thompson? It's a nice suit, but it doesn't quite fit. Raymond Chandler on mescaline? A wild ride, but a little off the right route. Let's just say intriguing in inspiration and unique in application. We can start there.

David Baerwald's Triage is a work of cold boldness and romantic despair, filled with cynical, fatalistic humor and a desperate, fading hope that the center, wherever the hell it is, will hold just until the dawn breaks. Tough...

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