Jagger Cook, All Our Hands Are Dirty

Canadian rocker Jagger Cook's debut is a must have for any fan of alternative radio rock. All Our Hands Are Dirty is full of hooky, repeated choruses, crisp instrumentation, and over the top, raw emotion. Certainly, this foolproof formula will have him selling out arenas on both sides of the border. In the meantime, Cook has already received several songwriting awards (The Canadian Niagara Music 2008 Songwriter and Album of the Year and The Great American Song Contest 2008 Honour Award) for lead off track "Nostalgia." Said track is a perfect example of Cook's natural ability to bare his soul and it's that fearlessness that makes his work so accessible. Producer Frank Gryner (Leviride, Bon Jovi, and Rob Zombie) cooks up a solid backing band consisting of veteran L.A drummer Scotty Kormos, Adam Kury (LA Guns, Candlebox), and lead guitarist Jason Orme (Alanis Morissette, Daniel Powter) who add just enough to give Cook's acoustic based songs some much needed punch. Also, making an appearance is legendary metal guitarist Waddy Wachtel on key tracks "The Light of Mississippi" (which is dedicated to the Oprah Winfrey "her wisdom and light continue to light my way") and the-should-be-next-single "Are You Happy." Overall, Cook's familiar sound is not my cup of tea but you can't deny his talent and potential for mass appeal. (Souls in Progress Productions Inc.)

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