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Dave Edmunds: D.E.7th (Columbia)

Fred Schruers, Musician, June 1982

THE CHORDS in the title of D.E.7th are, of course, a conspicuous pun on the fact that this is Edmunds' seventh solo record. The question his avid cult has to have is: how has rock's greatest Welshman (John Cale fans, forgive me) remained so under-celebrated? Even with the considerable added cult clout of Nick Lowe, Rockpile failed to become the commercial vehicle these pub-rock veterans needed. They've doubtless sorted it out a hundred times over a thousand beers, and still never figured out why America — their mutual musicological obsession and touchstone — hasn't made them rich and famous.

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