GORDON WEISS: It’s About Time
“This feels like a George Martin production with dynamic pop smarts that keeps the brain at attention. Weiss knows when to switch from major to minor and back and he does it in nearly every song, beginning with the Rolling Stones-like “The Ugly Inside,” using Stones whoops and horns with a touch of Southern rock grandiosity. “I’m Your Fan” is unctuous, creepy, and oddly uplifting, capturing the ambivalence many of us feel when we actually meet our idols. “Sticky Thoughts” starts with New Orleans piano and soon enters Wanderlust territory with bent notes and Beatlesque flutes. “The Great Imitator” is an epic reworking of “The Great Pretender.” Not a bad song here.