Bad for the Soul
Label: Sister Spirit Lifter
Brad will go down as a footnote in the Pearl Jam/Mother Love Bone story, but that doesn't take away from the group's intriguing debut album. A choice blend of funk, psychedelic rock and moody confessionals, Shame exudes a blurry-eyed and decidedly insular feel, as if it was born in a thick haze of smoke around 3 a.m. Imagine Solid Air-era John Martyn, or even Stevie Wonder, fronting Jane's Addiction, and you're not far off. Though Brad features PJ's Stone Gossard on guitar, the real star of the show is singer-songwriter Shawn Smith, who also served time in proto-grunge warriors Malfunkshun.