Lenny Kaye Connection

  • Lenny Kaye Connection
  • I've Got a Right (Giomo Poetry Systems) 1984 

Rock critic, guitarist, Patti Smith musical cohort, producer, New York scene veteran, Nuggets albums compiler, Jim Carroll sideman — Lenny Kaye has done a bit of everything, distinguishing himself in most areas. He also led a band under his own name and released this solo album. Kaye may fumble a few lyrics in an attempt to express schmaltzy emotions, but his obvious sincerity makes up for the occasional prosaic excess. The title track is brilliant pop with an infectious hook and anthemic sound; “Luke the Drifter” is a memorable old-fashioned cowboy ballad updated with a pumping rock beat. A swell record from a swell guy.

[Ira Robbins]