Picks and Pans Review: Living in the 20th Century

updated 01/19/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/19/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Steve Miller

Miller is a decent blues-rock singer. As this album reminds us on a number of occasions, he is a great blues-rock guitarist, right up there with Eric Clapton. Some people may in fact prefer the instrumental tracks on this album—Slinky and Maelstrom—though Miller's blues shouting on the classics, Willie Dixon's My Babe and Jimmy Reed's Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby, have a raw appeal. Miller's band is a major asset, and he also brought in such talents as harmonica player Norton Buffalo (a Miller band alumnus) and dobro guitarist Les Dudek. Miller himself plays more than passable harmonica and produced too. At 43, he's getting to be something of an old-timer, as rock musicians go, but he hardly seems to have lost his energy. (Capitol)

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