Maher-Velous!

And some 1970s rock

Many blues purists will be horrified by ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART's new album, as I was at first, until I listened a few times and decided it was . . . okay. Hailed as the future of acoustic blues by many critics, Hart goes electric on Start With the Soul. While the results are mixed, the album has its moments. The two opening cuts are go-nowhere rock tracks:"Fightin' Hard" sounds like warmed-over Mountain and "Manos Arriba" like stripped-down Los Lobos. Covers include unexciting versions of the soul chestnut "Treat Her Like a Lady," Chuck Berry's "Back to Memphis," Dave Dudley's "Cowboy Boots" and . . . UHHHHHHH . . . Black Oak Arkansas' "Cryin' Shame" (?!?!?). But when Hart finally catches fire, he scorches like a diaper fulla lye on originals like the instrumental jazz raga "Porch Monkeys' Theme," the moody, spaghetti-Western "Electric Eel" and the atonal blues of "A Prophet's Mission." By the time Hart gets to the album-best closing track, the traditional blues lament "Will I Ever Get Back Home?", the song has more meaning than he'd perhaps wish it to. Hart seems lost here, looking for a new definition of the blues but never quite finding it. Chalk up Start With the Soul as a noble but ultimately unsuccessful mission. While you'll find inspiration here if you dig hard, the overall impression is of an artist biding his time between excelling at what came before him and discovering what truly lies ahead.

BILL MAHER AND RICHARD LEWIS PERFORM AT THE SUN THEATRE, 2200 E. KATELLA AVE., ANAHEIM, (714) 712-2700. FRI., 8:30 P.M. $29.50; ROBIN TROWER PLAYS AT THE GALAXY CONCERT THEATRE, 3503 S. HARBOR BLVD., SANTA ANA, (714) 957-0600. SUN., 8 P.M. $22.50, AND AT THE COACH HOUSE, 33157 CAMINO CAPISTRANO, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, (949) 496-8930. MON., 8 P.M. $22.50; '70S SOUL JAM, FEATURING THE CHI-LITES, THE STYLISTICS AND THE DRAMATICS, TAKES THE SUN THEATRE. SUN., 7:30 P.M. $45-$55.

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