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Albert Hammond Jr. 

¿Cómo Te Llama? (RCA)

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The crowning moment of Hammond's solo career is a seven-minute instrumental that shows up near the end of his second album, ¿Cómo Te Llama? "Spooky Couch" sounds nothing at all like the Strokes (the band Hammond plays guitar in) or John Lennon (Hammond's obviously a big fan). Centered on a slow, winding guitar line, the gorgeous, trickling track even features Lennon's son Sean on drippy organ. It's sparse and kinda redundant, until the strings show up during a swelling climax. The rest of the album is less pop-oriented than Hammond's 2006 debut, Yours to Keep. There are a few Strokes-like tricks here, including familiar guitar chords and a few mic effects that wash over his voice. Some cuts — "In My Room," "Rocket" — come off like B-list Bowie-meets-Bolan glam-rock. Still, on ¿Cómo Te Llama?, Hammond has managed something his full-time band hasn't: He's made a solid follow-up record.

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