Rick Shaffer’s eighth solo album “Stolen Moments” is an explosive garage rock 70’s sound much like the intensity and aggression of his Philly band The Reds.  Tracks like All I Want, Higher,  and One In Five are incendiary rockers with a “nitro” back-beat supplied by the rhythm section of nineteen-year-old drummer Stevie Carlisle, and bass player Teddy Rixon a holdover from previous recordings. Lyrically the theme is, “no guarantees or promises exist in this life and time keeps on moving leaving us on “borrowed time.” 

Tracks Modern Lie, Other One, and Danger Awaits contain some thick sounds, dark lyrics and atmospherics’ similar to the Iggy / Bowie collaborations.  Mr. Shaffer provides more extensive guitar work on these tracks and to these ears are some of his best.

The thread is there from the his early solo albums that inhabit the early Stones, Pretty Things vibe, especially on tracks Downtown Suzy, Time Stays and Call My Name

If you’re looking for something that’s a cross between Kill City by Iggy Pop and James Williamson, and the classic solo album Lust for Life by Iggy Pop, then this guy is your man.

•Warren Lane — Phase Four Media