Peter Wolf: A Cure For Loneliness (Concord Records)

Former J Geils Band frontman returns with soulful solo effort.

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Peter Wolf has been in no hurry to push his solo career in the new millennium. A Cure For Loneliness is just his third album in 14 years, the singer/songwriter pursuing quality over quantity. A lush collection of blues, soul, rock and even country, Wolf’s ‘comeback’ explores roots music in its many facets.

From the soulful Peace Of Mind and the nostalgic Fun For A While to the jumpin’ jive of Mr Mistake, or a rowdy bluegrass take on Love Stinks, Wolf’s warm vocals push a crackerjack band to its limit. The heart of the album is It’s Raining, a Don Covay co-write that displays Wolf’s enduring love of classic R&B, an emotion that ties the entire album together nicely.