File next to: Guided by Voices, Cheap Trick, Paul Revere and the Raiders
In the wake of a confusing and bitter divorce from his band of many decades, former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos has put together his first solo album. Carlos (born Brad Carlson) doesn’t sing, and he’s not a songwriter. What he is, instead, is a drummer of thundering intensity and impeccable taste. He also has a pretty ace record collection at home; that collection informs his choice of covers here: an obscure Who single (previously covered to good effect by Sugar), a terrific Paul Revere and the Raiders cover (“Him or Me”), and an early Van Morrison tune from his days with Them (“I Can Only Give You Everything”). Guests – or front-people – include Robert Pollard, Hanson, Carlos’ Candy Golde bandmate Nicholas Tremulis, Alejandro Escovedo and even Xeno, the original lead vocalist in Cheap Trick before Robin Zander joined.