13 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

TheGreyDog ,

Mostly mediocre 'blues rock'

There is only one real quality blues interpretation on this album, and that is Keb Mo's masterful reconstruction of 'Look on Yonder Wall'. The rest of the songs are all formulaic, unimaginative 'blues rock' numbers that have little relationship to the blues. Elmore James played electric guitar, but he knew his roots. Most of the performers on this album appear to think that the blues is a variant of rock and roll.
You can here the difference between Keb Mo's song and rest with one listen to the album. Keb Mo hears the blues roots in the song, and reconstructs it to bring out the unique rhythm and motion of the song. It's brilliant, like much of his work. The other songs are just tired, formulaic blues rock, with little thought given to what makes the music 'blues', where that comes from, and what it means to continue the tradition today. This must count as a pretty abject failure.