Remember when George Harrison broke from The Beatles, and suddenly everyone discovered that he could write real good songs when he wasnâ€™t hiding behind the shadows of his more prolific mates? Or when Grohl formed the Foo Fighters and sprang instantly into a fully formed rock star? Well, if there was any doubt that Albert Hammond, Jr., belongs with such company, erase that doubt now!
Albert Hammond, Jr.â€™s debut solo project, â€œYours to Keep,â€ was one of my favorite albums of 2006, and I still find myself drawn to it again and again. â€œComo Te Llamaâ€ is a little less pop and a little less focused, but is otherwise much like his last album: Straightforward rock and roll, without the alt-grit that punctuates every Strokes album, solid vocals and lyrics, great guitar work, and songs that could be a hit for anyone. Hammond nimbly navigates between Strokesy postpunk (â€œRocketâ€) and more classic ska-punk (â€œBorrowed Timeâ€), and the obvious indiepop points between (“Bargain of the Centuryâ€ has a classic rock feel; â€œMiss Myrtleâ€ is indie rock to the core), but thereâ€™s other, more challenging material here as well. The instrumental â€œSpooky Couch,â€ for example, which features Sean Lennon on piano, is a mesmerizing side trip from what youâ€™d expect to find here (including a string section!).