Label: Roughtrade Link: Dilemma, Dilemma, Dilemma.  On one hand i love the Strokes. On another I didn't like the first solo release from Albert Hammond Jr. Although only short in length, Yours To Keep felt more like a miserable holiday. You booked a flight to somewhere you thought would be interesting and sunny but instead you got very wet, you certainly didn't get a tan and you came back home less relaxed than you when you left. Well, for me anyway.  So did i get a tan? Was the holiday good? Yes and yes. In other words, the boys done good and I'm glad i decided to give him another go. Como Te llama? is everything Yours To Keep  should have been. He's managed to stray further away from the Strokes sound this time, which i feel is necessary for him to blossom. It's obvious that a lot of the reasons why the Stokes sound like they do is down to Hammond Jr. but releasing music that's too similar to that mould can't feasibly work for too long. At the end of the day he can't match Cassablancas for what he does, so this departure can only be seen as a good thing. Como Te Llama? sees Hammond Jr experiment with a few more styles and sounds, like the reggae inspired 'Borrowed Time' which ends up being one of the highlight to this 13 track album and the violin soundscapes which can be found on 'In My Room'. Sometimes it feels like these experiments are Hammond Jr testing the water, or that he's sending a canary into a mine but for the most part it works. If you're only interested in the songs that sound like the Stokes then you won't be too disappointed. 'G Up' and 'Bargain Of The Century'  are the main contenders and Although they're not straight up Stokes sounding (the purists will pick up on it) they do have a similar feel. Especially when Hammond Jr. seems hell bent on using the same vocal effects as Cassablancas. On the basis of this record you could quite easily compare Hammond Jr to John Frusicante. Ok, they don't really sound that similar, apart from 'GFC', but what they do share is sense of image. They've done some good things on their own but you just can't imagine them leaving their main job.  Even with that said, there's no reason why he shouldn't have fun in between Strokes records and if one day they do split, he'll have a legion of fans that will follow him from shore to shore and assuming he carries on doing what he's doing, you can count me in. Highlight/Download: Bargain Of The Century Rating: 7/10 Tracklisting: 1. Bargain Of The Century 2. In My Room 3. Lisa 4. GFC 5. The Boss Americana 6. Rocket 7. Victory At Monterey 8. You Won't Be Fooled By This 9. Spooky Couch 10. Borrowed Time 11. G Up 12. Miss Myrtle 13. Feed Me,Jack Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love  Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to Ma.gnoliaAdd to TechnoratiAdd to FurlAdd to Newsvine