Singer-guitarist Julian Frampton leads a modern blues-rock fivesome that shows exceptional polish. His voice, though it lacks a distinctive tone, is capable of a grittiness that he summons on “Quicksand, a smoldering tale of romantic strife that is spiced with a fiery guitar solo and moments of falsetto. On the organ-infused “Baby Vain” he scathingly rejects the advances of a shallow, superficial lover. The song’s middle section is cool and again features fluid fretwork, while the briskly paced “Phrases” showcases the entire band’s ability to rock out. All in all, fans with an ear for modern, guitar-centric blues-rock will find The Julian Frampton Band a comfortable fit.