Damage is settled, but it's solid. The Facesish groove of "Crunchy" is satisfying, and the shifty rip-ups "Fed Up and Low Down" and "Burn It Off" prove that the band can still wail. Spencer's still too lazy with lyrics, though, and he ought to abandon all attempts to be "down" if his idea of keeping it real is the feckless rap hybrid "Hot Gossip."
But despite the ceaseless accusations of posing, Spencer's band remains an odd testament to his aging fan base. And it ought to provide inspiration to the young lookers of the recent N.Y.C. "comeback" (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, Interpol), who conveniently misplace his influence amid all the Gang of Four gabbing.