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Jesse Malin

The Fine Art of Self Destruction (20th Anniversary Expanded Reissue)

MNRK Heavy

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The minute any punk rocker buys a copy of Born to Run, their mohawk has seconds to live. Well, that’s certainly what happened with Jesse Malin. As the former frontman with Heart Attack and D Generation, Malin was no stranger to whipping his shirt off and shouting in your face, but for his debut solo record, The Fine Art of Self Destruction, Malin takes a way more measured approach and as a result, the songs absolutely shine.

This 20th anniversary edition teams the albums original 13 tracks with contemporary reworkings of the material. The title track—originally a John Lennon-inspired mid-tempo, pocket epic—is turned into an Imagine-style piano and voice confessional. The new versions are interesting and worthy, but you should buy The Fine Art of Self Destruction purely on the strength of the original record. (

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