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Classic Album Review: Peter Wolf | Sleepless

The J. Geils singer's sixth solo set is as comfortably cool as the underside of a pillow.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Since he left The J. Geils Band, singer Peter Wolf seems to have spent half his time trying to live up to his old reputation — and the other half trying to live it down.

With his sixth solo album Sleepless, he finally seems to have found a happy medium. Perhaps refocused by the Geils reunion of a few years back, Wolf eases into a more mature stance here, torquing back his hipster-jive shtik and smoothly cruising through a set of honest Americana voiced in a variety of styles, from Dylanesque folk and Stax-Volt Memphis soul to swampy Mississippi blues and even some Rolling Stonesy roots-rock. A guest list that includes Mick, Keef and old pal Magic Dick — plus a set list peppered with swell covers of Sonny Boy Williamson’s Too Close Together and the old JGB fave Homework — combine to make Sleepless as cool, comfortable and refreshing as the underside of the pillow.