Jesse Malin & The St Marks Social – Love It To Life (Side One Dummy/EMI Music Canada)

Over the course of his musical career, Jesse Malin has explored singer-songwriter territory but with a certain reckless abandon that has led him down numerous musical paths. His latest record brings these various musical directions together and just might be his best effort to date. From the opening notes of Burning The Bowery through All The Way From Moscow and Revelations, it is clear that Love It To Life is an unpolished, anthemic rock record stacked with melody. Tough to say if this will bring him the overdue success he deserves but if he ever stood such a chance, this would be it.