Album: Danny & the Champions of the World, Hearts & Arrows (SO)

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Last year's Streets of Our Time was an attractive enough hash of Slim Chancey folk breeze and bird imagery.

But Danny doesn't like the idea of "new folk" any more; he likes late-1970s American rock. And so he has drilled into the musical and lyrical tropes which made Messrs Springsteen, Petty and Mellencamp into the romantic figures of their time and emerged with an inventory of clichés so egregiously derivative that all you can do with it is tick them off.