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With his Sixers on hiatus, West Chester native goes it alone on latest album

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‘Blunderstone Rookery'

Stephen Kellogg (self-released)

★★★★

I became a vocal supporter of West Chester native Stephen Kellogg in 2007 when he and his Sixers bandmates released the sublime “Glassjaw Boxer.” I've added his entire discography to my collection and, though saddened when the Sixers went on hiatus last November, I was eager to hear his latest solo effort. “Blunderstone Rookery” is another winner for Kellogg as he takes a lo-fi, introspective approach to this 11-song gem.

Acoustic opener “Lost and Found” sets the tone, and Kellogg impresses with “The Brain is a Beautiful Thing,” “Men & Women,” “I Don't Wanna Die on the Road,” “Good Ol' Days,” “The Best” and “Thanksgiving.” While I'm still not sure why Kellogg isn't a bigger star, in “Blunderstone Rookery” he's met — and exceeded — my expectations again.

Jeffrey Sisk is an editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-664-9161, ext. 1952, or jsisk@tribweb.com.

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