Raver on the Storm

Norman Cook lets it roll at the roadhouse.
photo: Jilly Wendell
Norman Cook lets it roll at the roadhouse.

"Song for Shelter" is a gorgeous vision of disco heaven, from Clark's blissed babble about dancers with "wings for feet" and Jesus being a DJ to the way the track's spangled billow winds down to a gulf of light that could be drone-rockers Labradford or Stars of the Lid. Briefly catching flashback echoes of the idyllic piano chords from "Talking 'Bout My Baby," the track finally vaporizes with a cupola of radiant reverberance. Using another's voice to spell out his personal creed, "Shelter" is Cook, the king of shallow, making his bid for deepness. It makes you wish he'd had the nerve to shed his party-mad persona altogether and make an entire album in the halcyon space between "Sunset" and "Song for Shelter." Maybe next time.

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