Rick Shaffer is back with his fifth solo album “Misadventure” and, you might well be glad to know, the musical story he tells remains the same with his raw and abrasive take on the garage rock sound once more to the fore.

Some new faces have been drafted in and that fills the sound out a bit even though the spirit of collaboration sometimes seems lost given the one man on a journey vibe that pervades the album. In Mr Shaffer’s favour, he has taken the time to throw in some commercially viable songs like “Out Of Time” this time around to remind us all of the time when he, and his then band The Reds®, represented a clear and present danger to the charts.

So there you have it. Rick Shaffer keeps on doing what he does best and that’s no bad thing in my book.

BLUESBUNNY