ALEX WILEY COYOTE: II: CS

The closest I can get to an accurate rendering of this is that the music sounds like Devo gone honky-tonk with some ’80s synthpop sensibilities thrown in. This had the potential to be an intriguing and captivating singer-songwriter offering; the opening track, “Maintenance Man,” is almost worth the price of admission. But after that the record becomes somewhat hit-or-miss, with more misses than hits as the songs start to sound more and more like basement noodlings and outtakes. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Self-released)