After last year's Billy Bragg-esque EP Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead and his alarming vocal-cord blowout, Leo is back with a full-length that steals more from his days with Chisel: The songs are all marked by muscle and bluster, with only a few moments of expanded palette, like the Celtic-style soul of "Counting Down the Hours." It's not a revelation: Leo is at a place where he's been before. But the strong points remain -- check the melody on the opening "Me & Mia," or the section on "Little Dawn" where Leo sings, "Stretch out your weary hand to mine/It's alright" -- right before putting a finger to his lips and saying "shhh" like it's no big deal. Leo is delivering old-school rock melodrama: All he asks is that you believe him for a little while. Even during Shake the Sheets' unsteady moments, you really should.
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