My main exposure to Little Feat was Waiting For Columbus -- perhaps the greatest live rock album of all time. Time Loves a Hero is another great feat. LF are definitely musician's musicians. For some strange reason, I never came across Shake Me Up earlier in my life, but a few years ago I stumbled across it in a used-record-and-tape store. Anything by LF had to be worth trying, and I was right--this work is fantastic.
Tired of the old used tape, I purchased the CD here off Amazon. In one word, this album is "versatile."
Spider's Blues - Fun story song in typical LF style.
Shake Me Up - Straighforward rock and roll.
Things Happen - An introspective tune. It's all gonna work out!
Mojo Haiku - Gripping rock funk - "in your face" ... quite dynamic w/ a great drum line.
Loved and Lied To - Catchy love-gone-wrong song w/ great slide guitar.
Don't Try So Hard - Well placed in order - ties to previous track. concept. Great vocal syntax & musical dynamics.
Boom Box Car - Another fun LF story song - Somewhat simplistic musically, but fun.
Fast and Furious - A straighforward driving rock number.
Livin' On Dreams - Musically intricate: Lots of 2/4 measures slipped in creating catchy hooks. One of my favs.
Clownin' - Fun, upbeat, and engaging, makes you wanna dance.
Down In Flames - an absolutely beautiful composition with intricate harmonies and lyrics. A golden river of music.
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. If you like true musicianship with riffs and lyrics that catch and hold you, you will love this CD.