• Havalinas
  • The Havalinas (Elektra) 1990 

Rejoining another former member of the Rockats (British stand-up bassist Smutty Smith), New York singer/guitarist Tim Scott McConnell ended (or at least shelved) his trend-jumping solo career by forming a tough and dusty California trio with ex-Plugz/Cruzados drummer Chalo Quintana. A selfconscious cowboy rock album played on acoustic instruments, The Havalinas (deftly produced by Don Gehman, who does much the same work for John Mellencamp) sets McConnell’s any-style-in-a-storm songs into an atmospheric and energetic — but ultimately unconvincing — campfire stew.

[Ira Robbins]

See also: Cruzados, Plugz, Rockats, Tim Scott