REVIEW: SR&BB (NL)
"If the 'Reverend' ever comes to the lowlands I think every blues-loving fan needs to go..."
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I get right from the beginning that curious sensation to the next song about me, so a good start. The whole album is a mix of 'blue' to 'happy', where you happy do not get the feeling that each song will start with "When I woke up this morning," but every time reflects an approximation of various styles. Personally I find it a pleasant listen mix of classic blues-roots, here and there a touch of Cajun, interspersed with the more solid forms. It is especially good for a flexible state of mind. The necessary ingredients, such as slide guitar, harmonica, cute bladder parties, sax, humming backings, etc. ... features the album and certainly not negligible: that cute contribution of the Blind Boys of Alabama and Missy Andersen. Black religious roots lie mainly in the first song "Days of Depression", a not too pronounced three-chord blues that southern black who regularly addressed in gospel. This also applies to "The Last Day I'm Loving You." "Brand New Man", seeking the generated up-beat tempo, supported by the uweelheid of a Fender guitar. Very definitely tastes. "Boogie", is what tells all about the song title; Substance but simply to the presence of the e shuffling and a nice contribution of a mystical harmonica sound, which in this issue, however, provides the only depth. "Brothers Keeper," seems to me a little too much "black" lost, and leans more towards the average, later blues styles. It must certainly belong, this individual does not interfere in the main line of the album. When "You're Gonna Miss Me" and "Put Together", I hear the overtone (or call it previously abundance) of distortion, haunting guitar sound and that's not really my personal thing, but no less pleasant, even spicy but especially contrasting with respect to the first issue. It reminds me of party blues, fun wegdansers. "Joliet Bound", "Will You Be Mine" and "Hollywood Blues" then get back that little bit rawer approach which provides a good variety in the album. "Outlaw" and "Bright Lights Big City" are classics that restore equally attentive to me.
The dial so disturbs not, there is no excess, rather a balance, although I feel a "commercial" balance, but it is collected in a nice way; a well-prepared work that clearly has been thought.
If the 'Reverend' ever comes to the lowlands I think every blues-loving fan needs to go, but also on the CD, he / she will enjoy. Live and CD are two values or the same effort.