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Brilliant (of course),
This review is from: Hop The Wag (Audio CD)
Jools Holland has had a great deal more commercial success sales-wise with his two (so far) “Small World Big Band” albums, but “Hop the Wag” (his most recent apart from those bestselling duet issues) is, in my opinion, just that little bit superior.
Jools epitomises “boogie-woogie” – a genre not often admitted to by many artists these days, but Jools and his orchestra have made sure its reputation remains a damned good one. This album could hardly do it better justice – starting off with a great swinging tune which morphs into something completely different halfway through, you’re left in little doubt about this man’s creativity. There are ballads, sung more than ably by the divinely-voiced Sam Fox. There are great bass-line moments, especially “Bloodsucker Blues” which lodges itself right into the brain and refuses to leave for days. There’s also the duet with Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay which appears on “SWBB volume 1”, a standout track from that album and this.
It’s quite hard to write a proper review of this album, because if you know what Jools Holland is all about and like it, then this is a brilliant example of just that. If you don’t, well… listen to a couple of clips and you’ll see! Rest assured the rest of the album is just as entertaining – Holland turns out catchy riffs mid-song that could form another one in its own right. He’s surrounded by a wonderfully talented orchestra, and he’s not a half bad singer, either.
This album shows off all their abilities to great effect. Absolutely excellent.