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Rockabilly has been around for so many years now but what separates Setzer's vision of the genre from the rest is his unique style which introduces elements of swing and rhythm and blues into the mix. After more than 28 years and 20 albums into a solo career the former Stray Cats frontman continues to enthrall and excite with twelve hook laden songs that are further distinguished by a deft lyrical touch. There is the black humour of "What's Her Name" and "Calamity Jane"; the yearning "Blue Lights, Big City"; the regretful "The Girl With The Blues In Her Eyes "; and the whimsy of "Should'a Got A V8".

If there is a better rock 'n' roll guitarist than Setzer around then I'd sure like to hear about it. He's already won two Grammy awards for best pop instrumentals ("Caravan" and Sleepwalk") and with this album he sets fresh benchmarks. His band turn in ace performances including some riveting keyboards from Kevin McKendree and the production is underpinned by some solid bass and drums which really gets things rocking.

What is remarkable is that Setzer continues to bring a fresh and dynamic sound to a musical style that has endured for 60 years and shows no sign of fading away.
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on 13 August 2014
Excellent album! Best Setzer's done in years - excellent songwriting and musicianship with melodies and cool energy.
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on 28 August 2014
Disappointing new rockabilly album from Brian Setzer.

I was so looking forward to this, after having got tired of "live" albums and feeling that he has exhausted the Orchestra format.

On a positive note, guitar playing (obviously), general musicanship and productions standards are high. Some great piano pounding as other reviews have noticed.

Sadly though, there is very little original here. "What's her name" is a blatant rewrite of Tommy Sand's "Worrying Kind". Some of the guitar riffs are lifted from other well known rocking tunes - although admittedly Setzer does then take them to other places. "Rockabilly blues" sounds like "Please don't touch" when it starts, sounds like the Cats' "Lust n love" gets a nod elsewhere on the album.

"Lets shake" is a party rock n roll song, aimed at radio play, namechecking several other classics of the genre. Nothing wrong with that as such, but it does set the tone for the whole album - it is like Setzer has written an introductory primer for those seeking an introduction to the rock n roll scene.

Best songs? Probably "Lets shake", "Rockabilly blues", "Nothing's a sure thing", "Stiletto cool" and "I should've got a V8".

It's not bad, has been on repeat in the car since release, but could have been so much better
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on 28 October 2014
i am glade he has gone back to his roots.

don't get me wrong, i still like his big band stuff.

it's just takes me back to my youth when, rock-a-billy was king.

i grew up in the 50s when this type of music was new, along with rock-an-roll.
when it was reguarded as devil music.

i remember when the stray cats first made appearance, and their manager was
another rock-a-billy ledgend dave edmunds. actually it was through their manager
that i was introduced to the stray cats.

i'm drifting off the subject. buy this album, you won't be disappointed.

ted turner
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on 23 November 2014
Pardon me but has Mr. Setzer sold out of his creativity ? This is the worst I have heard from him apart form his "Instrumental" - There are so many other GREAT rockabilly bands out there that outdo him by "notches".
I find two numbers of interrest and one is the more mellow one.

I could mention the first 5 bands that plays far more ORIGINAL rocakbilly than Mr Brian Setzer. I must admit after his double live lp which I found GOOD but not impressive I kinda began thinking "has he sold out now".

He WAS "the king" of mordern rockabilly but I am not sure about that anymore.
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on 3 September 2014
New rockabilly by one of best of the artist's on the scene today.Twelve brand new songs that rock along at quite a pace great stuff.
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on 13 April 2015
Bought for my oldest son who's very into the 50's and rock and roll, he loves it.
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on 9 December 2014
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on 28 April 2015
Another great CD from Brian.
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on 22 February 2015
happy partned
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