May 26, 2008

That old cliché, “birds of a feather, flock together,” came to my suspicious mind when I read that New York’s Rob Saffi & The Odd Breed shared a stage with the lead singer of ‘90s group The Spin Doctors and acoustic guitar playing Howie Day. Having forged his way from Providence, Rhode Island, composed songs under street lamps, and busked at subways, Saffi’s sound, nevertheless, falls under the indeterminate category of adult contemporary rather than folk punk. His vocals on this debut album are weathered, but fall short of genuine, time-honored wear that could be heard from legendary bluesman, Charlie Patton or even Tom Waits. Your mileage may vary, but if you’re into Hootie & The Blowfish or mid to late ‘90s rock, this one’s for you. –Kristen K

 –guest (Odd Breed)

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