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Bad Mother Trucker
|Songs like Giving Gravity A Hand and Armchair
Quarterback display a maturity and uniquely critical viewpoint
that prove this group can write good music. Why, then, do they begin
the album with Plastic, a comparatively shallow pop song
that contains the line I want to last forever/Like plastic
in the landfill of your memory? Sounds like the title of
a Billy Ray Cyrus song.
Ten Foot Poles chops are evident with tempo shifts and strong guitar. The songs on Bad Mother Trucker are catchy, but for every great track theres a mediocre one. Casey Adams
Lee McBee - Pacific Blues Recording Co.
If you like a little variety in your blues, Lawrence/KC singer, songwriter and harmonica player Lee McBee is the man. His latest recording Soul Deep mixes it up. On some of the tracks, he plays traditional blues, as on covers "Ride with Me" and "Its Your Voodoo Working." On other tracks, he borrows from other musical traditions to create a fresh blues sound.
|McBee has one of those whisky and honey voices thats
never totally smooth or totally rough. At times, he sounds as authentic
as an original Delta bluesman. At other times, the vocals are a bit
His "Twelve Hours From You" combines warm blues guitar with a bossa nova beat. The title cut "Soul Deep" depends on smooth vocals and a feel reminiscent of 50s soul music.
With "Country Blues II," he gives a nod to the Mississippi Delta, with high-pitched, twangy vocals and a plucky slide guitar, piano and harmonica accompaniment. McBees originals "Woman Down in Arkansas" and "I Dont Understand" have roots firmly planted in tradition.
If youre a blues neophyte, this CD will give you a good sample of the blues musics many sides. If youre a seasoned blues aficionado, youll likely fully appreciate McBees versatility. Deborah Young
|If Revolverlution was a remarkable
album, perhaps things would be different. But the disk plays like a
eulogy for an once-mighty music phenomenon, mixing a handful of mishandled
new tracks with fuzzy live and classic tracks obviously mishandled by
an assorted spattering of DJs.
The albums only gem, the anathematic Gotta Give The Peeps What They Need, stands out like a supermodel with a brutal left hook: A furious political assault with the betterment of their peeps in mind. But what is it they need? Mp3 players? CD-RWs? Ron Knox
Karrin Allyson- Concord Records
A roller coaster ride of melodies with traces of Ella Fitzgerald fills Karrin Allysons eighth album, In Blue. A definite win for both the blues addict and novice, the vibrant, bouncing bass and dancing piano compliment Allysons sweet yet sometimes sassy vocals.
Allysons seemingly effortless yet captivating singing speaks directly to the listeners. Everyone can relate in some manner.
|The listener smells the smoky ambiance surrounding The
Meaning of the Blues, which Allyson also arranged. Oscar Brown
Jr.s Long As Youre Living dances with its uncommon
yet striking 5/4 rhythm.
Stylistically, In Blue is not a traditional blues album; rather, it simply contains songs that describe having the blues. She says of Hum Drum Blues in the liner notes: Its about being fed-up, sick and tired, but trying to find comfort even if temporary in someones arms. Although this describes many tracks on the album, each song finds its own way to express itself.
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