Fortunately, the NYC-based songster has picked his mentors well: From the start, no other than Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley has drummed on and produced Lee's simple stabs at Motown sweetness. On his most recent full-length, Cool Rock, Lee seems to be shooting for an amalgam of his previous two releases while introducing us to a Style Council-esque mode to bolster our trust in his pop intelligence. It's a smart direction to take if he's not gonna change keys. Let's just hope he brings that horn section with him.
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