6.0

Blues Traveler: North Hollywood Shootout

Music Reviews Blues Traveler
Text
Blues Traveler: <em>North Hollywood Shootout</em>

Veteran band's latest lacks firepower

It’s been 20 years since Blues Traveler rose to prominence on New York City’s jam-band circuit, and well over a decade since “Run-Around” shattered a record for its lengthy stay on the singles charts. Nevertheless, the band explores very familiar territory on North Hollywood Shootout, which pairs John Popper’s harmonica acrobatics with songs that groove, waltz and occasionally rock.

Blues Traveler has weathered a number of storms since the band’s mid-‘90s heyday, from the death of bassist Bobby Sheehan to a recurring lack of label support. So while North Hollywood Shootout in. Elsewhere, Bruce Willis stops by for a bizarre spoken-word cameo, a move that is either unexpectedly awesome or sadly misguided. It’s hard to tell, and that’s the main problem with North Hollywood Shootout: it lacks the cohesion of Blues Traveler’s previous work, so even when the band tries to push the envelope, there’s not enough muscle to back it up.

Recently in Music