Album Review: Matt Jaffe & The Distractions – Blast Off (7/10)

MattJaffe-600wideDiscovered by Talking Heads’ Jerry Harrison, Matt Jaffe is a fresh talent who infuses new life into classic rock & roll. He’s got the plaintive vocal stylings of Chrissie Hynde, the wry wit and attitude of Elvis Costello and the guitar-propelled rawness of Paul Weller. This five-song EP is a brief window into the world of this teen dynamo. Songs like “Stoned on Easter” and “Write a Song About Me” display an irreverent devil-may-care approach that shows he’s done his homework. But, while Jaffe still needs to find his voice, he is certainly on the right track. – Eric A. Harabadian