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Kevin Devine, ‘Brother’s Blood’ (Favorite Gentlemen)

Jon Young // April 19, 2009

Don’t hate Kevin Devine for being cute, ’cause the boy can’t help it. When he sings about love, faith, and other weighty subjects in that sweetly tender way, you just want to give him an encouraging noogie. If Devine’s fifth solo album recalls his emo days in Miracle of 86, it also proves that he’s smart enough to vary his riffs. “Murphy’s Song,” costarring the sublime vocalist Jaymay, has a jazzy sparkle, while the grinding eight-minute title track finds Devine in full-bore Crazy Horse mode, and it’s thrilling.

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