Under Review

Albert Hammond, Jr.

Yours to Keep (Rough Trade)

Review By Maxwell Maxwell


The Strokes were formed in New York State
sometime in nineteen ninety eight
then put out Is This It with much ado.
That was in two thousand one,
when people thought the band good fun
and gave their album positive reviews.

Now they’re not as widely liked
(outside of Alpha Kappa Phi);
cue Albert Hammond, Jr.’s own CD.
I guess his stuff is good enough
(some decent songs, some boring fluff).
Out on Rough Trade, the album’s Yours to Keep.

Some songs are decent; some are not.
Most of them are soon forgot.
“101” sounds okay in the car.
But underneath that curly hair
there isn’t really that much there:
Albert should have stuck to playing guitar.