MUSIC: SLOW GOING

BLUES TRAVELER MISSES ITS MOMENT WITH A TEPID CD

Summer 1997 seems like a good moment for Blues Traveler. Grunge is gone, alternative is stale, and so the band's harmonica-happy pop-blues may be just what audiences want. The group's last studio album, Four, featured two terrific hits, Run-around and Hook, and sold 6 million copies. With its follow-up CD, Blues Traveler had the chance to extend its success and prove that it really deserves to be touted as the next Grateful Dead.

Alas, Straight On Till Morning is an aggressively mediocre album. The problem with Four was that its two great songs were islands in a sea of banality, and...