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Jeff Finlin

Things seemed to be looking up for Jeff Finlin. The Fort Collins singer-songwriter, the subject of a worshipful 5280 profile by Pulitzer winner J.R. Moehringer (and praise from Bruce Springsteen), saw 2006's Angels in Disguise, his previous disc, win release by WEA/Korova overseas and Rykodisc stateside. But two years later, he's delivering his hyper-literate tales without assistance from a record company other than his own. Granted, Finlin's craggy voice and eccentric phrasing makes him something of a tough sell, and he doesn't make things easier by kicking off his latest CD with some of his less-accessible fare before rocking out with "Jesus Was a Motorcycle Man." But "Is This Love" and the concluding "In My Masterpiece" show that this not-so-plain man still deserves to be heard.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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