Enter Tchad Blake (usually producer Mitchell Froom's engineer), who helps tighten the screws and produce the best and most rocking album since Gomez's debut. While there isn't anything here as immediately winning as the group's early singles ("Whippin' Piccadilly," "Get Myself Arrested"), Split The Difference is a top-to-bottom listen without soft spots.
Everything is pulled from Gomez's bag of tricks -- from bubbling, upbeat folk-blues shuffles ("These 3 Sins," "Catch Me Up") to buzzing, fuzzed-out psychedelica ("Silence") to rich, loping blues ballads ("Sweet Virginia," "Meet Me in the City") and loose-limbed, double-jointed rock ("Chicken Out," "Where Ya Going?"). The band's secret weapon remains Ben Ottewell, whose Joe Cocker-gruff vocals make his tracks highlights of the album, as on the lurching, hip-swinging bluesy opener, "Do One," and the floating, folky pastoral lament "Me, You and Everybody." It's a real reminder of what's been missing. Gomez plays the Roxy Sun., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. $20.
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