Satisfactory comeback album from '80s hit-makers

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Huey Lewis & The News – Plan B

Huey Lewis’ Plan A was Clover, one of the great unsung San Francisco hippie bands of the early ’70s (and backing unit for Elvis Costello’s debut LP). When that didn’t work, the fallback was the 1980s AOR hit-machine he called The News, who gave us “The Power Of Love” and other radio favourites before Lewis abandoned music in the ’90s and adopted Plan C-an acting career. Now he’s rediscovered that effortlessly soulful voice and gone back to Plan B. At best, its good-time blues rock evokes memories of the likes of Boz Scaggs and Nick Lowe. It’s strictly bar-room fare. But of the very highest class.