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Gary Clark Jr.

Chuck Berry's final album a mix of glory-days references, a few surprises

Chuck Berry's final album a mix of glory-days references, a few surprises

Chuck Berry's surprise announcement last October that he would release his final studio album this year was made all the more poignant by his death March 18 at age 90.

"Chuck" (Dualtone/Decca) very much sounds like a career capstone, a thank-you to the people who mattered most to him — from his wife of 68 years, Themetta "Toddy" Suggs to the fan in the second row at one of his concerts.

Berry's last studio album came out in 1979, and the guitarist makes no attempt to update his sound. Instead, "Chuck" has all the hallmarks of one of his lesser post-glory-years '70s releases, with allusions to many of his past triumphs. It goes without saying...

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