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Mark Sheehy | Rock, Paper, Jesus (www.marksheehy.com)
Chicagoan Mark Sheeh's self-produced effort has the sort of grit that lovers of classic Rolling Stones material will love. Sure, Sheehy is no Jagger, but he sings in an honest, workmanlike rock fashion, lacing this songs with urgent, spiky guitar licks and solos and bolstering the up and at 'em sound with a solid rhythm section and healthy doses of keyboards. 'Rock, Paper, Jesus' isn't all ballsy rock, however - Breakdown Lane is a wistful country lament with a nagging rhythm; I Said Yeh has a chugging beat that refuses to lie down while The Demise of Eric Johnson is the sort of danceable rocker that will get anyone on their feet within thirty seconds. 'Rock, Paper, Jesus' is honest-to-goodness, no frills stuff - it doesn't pretend to be anything else.