Record Review: Kurt Baker

Kurt Baker

Rockin’ For a Living

Portland, ME

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“Short, sweet retro-pop record from one of Maine’s finest”

Some of you may be familiar with Portland, Maine native Kurt Baker. He was a founding member, front man, and bass player for the now defunct pop punk outfit The Leftovers. Since leaving that band, Baker has decided to continue making music under his own name. He released a debut EP with his favorite cover songs from the ’60s and ’70s, Got It Covered, in 2010. His latest effort is another EP titled Rockin’ For a Living. It features six incredibly catchy and infectious tracks.

Baker may be of a younger generation, but his experience and approach make him sound like he was born a bit too late. Much like pop rock of the ’70s and ’80s (think Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick and the Ramones wrapped up in one package), the new EP features some great guitar solos and handclaps, and songs that are easily sung along to. It’s sad that the Leftovers are gone, but fans that like retro pop-rock with a slower tempo can get their fix with Rockin’ for a Living. (Oglio Records)

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